Greggs coronavirus closures sees foodies cook their favourite bakes at home

The sad news came in on Monday, that due to the coronavirus pandemic beloved bakery Greggs would be shutting temporarily.

The bakery giant joined other big brands, McDonald’s, KFC and Starbucks to help prevent the spread of the killer virus.

While the move is a good one, and will help to protect staff, it does leave us sorely missing our favourite bakes.

Luckily, foodies on the internet have the solution.

If you can’t make it to Iceland supermarket to pick up frozen sausage rolls… make your own.

Home cooks on Facebook are sharing their recipes for Greggs favourites.

Whether you love a sausage, cheese and bean melt, or prefer a cheese and bacon turnover, they’ve got you covered.

Four bakers shared their snaps to the Facebook group Feed Your Family on a Budget.

We can’t stop staring at all the golden goodness!

Plus, if your kids are stuck at home, turn it into a home economics class.

Here are their recipes to try for yourself:

Cheese and Bacon Turnovers

Ingredients:

  • Ready made puff pastry
  • Bacon
  • Cheese
  • One beaten egg

Method:

  1. Open up the pastry and cut it into six even squares
  2. Place one slice of bacon into the centre of the square, folded in half and top with cheese
  3. Take the corner of each pastry square and fold it into the centre, where the corners should meet
  4. Press the corners together until they stick and go along where they meet with a for
  5. Place on foil and cook for 15 minutes on 150C or until they turn golden brown

Voila!

Oozy, tasty, baked goodness.

Members of the group were big fans, and called the recipe “yummy”.

Some suggested using a hash brown instead of bacon or adding in some pesto!

Sausage, Cheese and Bean Melt

Ingredients:

  • Ready made puff pastry
  • Half a tin of baked beans
  • Cheddar, grated
  • Cooked sausages of choice

Method:

  1. Lay out the puff pastry and cut into four even rectangles
  2. In the centre, place the cooked sausages with a few spoons of beans on one side an cheese on the other
  3. Fold the pastry over and press the edges together
  4. Slice a few cuts into the top of the parcels to allow air out
  5. If you’d prefer a glossier result, add some beaten egg to the top of the rolls
  6. Cook at 150C or 30 to 35 minutes

There’s something mouth-wateringly good about melted cheese and beans.

Fans said they looked “lovely and very cheap” while one said they looked “better than Greggs”.

To customise, one poster said that her daughter added chilli flakes to the beans for added kick.

One mum shared her recipe, which she kept cheap by using a tin of beans and sausages from Morrisons.

The tin costs just 20p, and along with a sprinkle of cheese and some pastry she turned out some golden bakes.

Sausage Rolls

There were two members of the group who shared snaps of their sausage rolls.

One claimed hers tasted “just like Greggs, just more meaty”.

More Meaty Sausage Rolls

Ingredients:

  • Aldi Butcher’s Choice Lincolnshire sausages
  • Aldi Butcher’s Choice Cumberland sausages
  • Onion powder
  • Dried sage
  • Pre-made puff pastry sheet
  • One beaten egg

Method:

  • Squeeze the sausages out of their skins and into a bowl
  • Mix one pack of each type of sausage together to make the sausage meat – add sage and onion powder
  • Cut the sheet of pastry into two
  • Rub your hands in oil and place the sausage meat into a long line in the centre of the pastry
  • Fold the pastry over and seal closed, cover in the egg wash
  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 180C
  • Cut into eight large rolls or 20 mini rolls

Fans said that the recipe looked “awesome” and “scrumptious”.

Many recommended serving it with brown sauce and black pepper.

Another mum shared her recipe for cheap sausage rolls which cost £2 per batch.

Greggs-style Sausage Rolls

Ingredients:

  • Ready made puff pastry
  • Cumberland sausages
  • Pinch of rosemary
  • Pinch of coriander
  • One egg

Method:

  1. Squeeze the sausages from the skins and mix with the herbs
  2. Cut the puff pastry into six
  3. Oil your hands and add the sausage mix to the centre of the pastry squares
  4. Stick the layers together with a fork and cut diagonal slices into the rolls
  5. Brush with the egg wash
  6. Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes at 180C

Members of the group said that the final product looked “fab” and said she was a “great mum”.

Some suggested bulking out the sausage meat with stuffing mix to make it even cheaper.

We don’t know about you, but we’re picking up some pastry in our next essential shop.

Just remember to give your hands a good scrub before preparing any food.

Now, where’s the brown sauce?

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