The Daughters of the British Empire was founded as a social club for War Brides who emigrated to the US with their GI husbands. It quickly evolved into a national organization that raises money for charity. I was Regent of the Black Watch Chapter based in Milwaukie, Oregon, for several years. Our fundraiser was hosting a tea tent at the local Highland Games. Attendees at the time registered near 10,000. In subsequent decades the number has doubled. We all agreed that we HAD to have scones with jam, Empire Biscuits, lemon bars, hot tea, and iced tea.
weekend in July gets hot, even in Oregon. But then one of the older ladies went all dewy-eyed and wistful for sausage rolls. The members who worked for a living rolled their eyes and changed the subject. It seems the sausage rolls they remembered were extremely labor intensive with homemade phyllo dough and homemade sausage. Some even remembered the pig and calf Papa slaughtered for the hand-stuffed sausage. Highland farmsteads and all that. For the tea tent we compromised. This recipe is reduced for family appetizers rather than the 16 dozen each of us made for the tea tent along with a similar quota of scones. If you want puff pastry, or phyllo dough, you can buy it in the freezer compartment of your local grocery store.
1 package heat and serve sausage—any flavor
1 roll of refrigerator crescent rolls
Wrap a sausage in a triangle of dough. Place on a cookie sheet and bake
according to the instructions on the package plus an extra minute or two to
make sure the dough is fully cooked around the sausage, otherwise it stays
gooey. Let cool on a wire rack. Serve still warm or cold. If they last that long.