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A sausage roll is a type of savoury pastry. In addition to retail outlets they are available from bakeries as a take-away food item. A miniature version is popular as a buffet or party food.
The basic composition of a sausage roll is generally a sheet or sheets of puff pastry formed into tubes around sausage meat and glazed with egg or milk before being baked. They can be served either hot or cold.
Historically, during the 18th century they were made using shortcrust pastry instead of puff pastry.
In the UK, bakery chain Greggs sells around 2.5 million sausage rolls per week, which is around 140 million per year. This led to it complaining about the addition of Value Added Tax added by the British Government to hot food takeaways in the 2012 budget.
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