Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Scottish Morning Rolls

These are an institution in Scotland. They just cannot be replicated the same way anywhere else. One of the many things I miss about my youth in Scotland. I remember well in my training days our route from the nurse's home to the bus stop took us past the hospital kitchens. Cookie was always so obliging and shoved a fried egg into one of these delicious warm -from- the -oven rolls to feed each hungry young nurse on the hoof. We ran on to the bus, egg yolk dribbling down our chins. Oh I can taste it yet. Pure Ambrosia. I don't pretend that these rolls are anywhere near what the Scots enjoy for breakfast from their local bakers but, when you can't just pop out and buy them locally they are not a bad second.

500gms/18oz Strong White Bread Flour
50gms /2oz lard
1 teasp salt
1 envelope/7gms fast action yeast
150mls/5 fluid oz/1/4 pint warm water
150mls /5 fluid oz/1/4 pint warm milk
A little milk for glazing.
Extra flour for dusting
Oil for kneading

Mix the dry ingredients together.
Rub in the lard.
Add both liquids and combine with a well oiled hand until a soft dough is formed.
If it is dry add more water but only a trickle at a time.
Knead for ten minutes by hand or your preferred method.
Place in a covered bowl and allow to double in size in a warm place (Approx. 1 hour)
Knock back and divide into 8 pieces. Form into flattish discs about 2-3 cms thick and place quite close together on a floured baking sheet.
Dredge with flour cover with a tea towel and leave to rise again for 1/2-3/4 of an hour.
Brush the tops with milk and dredge with more flour
Indent the top of each roll with your thumb about 1.5cms/1/2 inch
Bake at 180.c/350.F/Gas 4 for 15-20 minutes
Remove to a cooling rack and cover with a tea towel.
Eat while still warm
Better still have that fried egg ready.


Anonymous said...

Would you believe I've never eaten a Scotch Roll - I want one now, complete with dripping fried egg. Oh and I'm about to run out to work, somehow doubt the hospital canteen will hand one over to me LOL.

Doesn't food conjure up some lovely memories.

George xx

jaygirl said...

Well here is a true compliment, I honestly thought you took that picture of the internet somewhere, those truly are Scottish morning rolls Brenda, well done, I am very impressed.


Kelly-Jane said...

I thought the same, they look like the real McCoy to me as well!

Anonymous said...

Being married to a Scotsman but living in Wales, these were one of the things I used to look forward to most on an impending visit up to Dundee! I've tried to make them at home but I think it might be that lovely Scottish water in the recipe that makes them so special or the flour quality is better, but I shall give your recipe a go and give my OM a treat he won't be expecting!

Vicky (victoria sponge) said...

These look so good, very professional looking. I'm going to have a go at these but I don't think they're going to look this good. xxx

Rhyleysgranny said...

Thank you all. The compliments from the Scottish contingent are very gratifying:)
They will never taste like the real thing but are not too bad

Anonymous said...

I have just made these rolls and they look really good and IMO taste good too! As you say it is very hard to capture the taste of the real Scottish morning roll but these come fairly close, I'm just waiting for OH to come back from his golf to see what he thinks of them.Thankyou for the recipe.

Rhyleysgranny said...

I am glad you are pleased Jeanette

Oh my! Apple pie! said...

Oh Brenda! After living in Scotland for 8 years I must admit I don't like Scotch morning rolls. (!?! yes, apparently I am a strange creature,lol)
yours look very tasty though.

Elle said...

These are definitely one to try! Fried egg and all!

Rosie said...

Gosh Brenda what stunning a photo!! This is a recipe that is a MUST try :)

Rosie x