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Scottish Rolls Recipe

This is a recipe for a "rowie" or as they are sometimes known, Aberdeen rolls or butteries. Aberdeen Rolls are quite a difficult food to describe considering it is a basic bread roll. They are called butteries due to their high lard content and in essence are a saltier, flatter and greasier Croissant. Whilst they are known as Aberdeen rolls you will find, if you visit anywhere in the Northeast of Scotland them on sale in every bakery, corner shop and supermarket.


These qualities will make about 16 rolls.
1 lb of plain flour.
6 oz butter.
oz fresh yeast.
pint of tepid water.
4 oz lard.1 heaped teaspoon of salt.
2 heaped teaspoons of sugar.


Yeast breads ought to be made under warm conditions to allow the yeast to raise the dough and therefore make the rolls under warm conditions.

Sieve the flour and salt into a large bowl and place to one side for a moment.

Mix the fresh yeast, sugar and a little of the tepid water together and add to the bowl of flour. Then mix the ingredients together with enough water to make a smooth firm dough.

Transfer this dough to a well floured surface and knead well for about five minutes. Place the dough back into the bowl, cover with a warm slightly damp cloth and set aside in a warm place for about an hour to allow the yeast to expand the dough to about double its original size.

While the dough is rising, mix together the butter and lard to form a light creamy mixture.

When the dough has risen knead it again and then roll it out on a floured surface and then spread it with a third of the butter/lard mixture and sprinkle lightly with flour. Fold the dough in three and roll it out again. Repeat the proceedure twice more. Roll out the dough quite thinnly and cut into squares. Bring the four corners of each square to the centre, shape them into rounds and flatten slightly with hand - do not over handle the dough. Place the uncooked rolls onto a floured and warm baking tray and leave them in a warm place to rise for about half an hour to 40 minutes. Bake the rolls in a hot oven (200C/ 400F) for about 15-20 minutes until golden brown and crispy on both sides.

The rolls can be eaten warm (absolutely fabulous) or set aside until they are cool and stored. Rolls can be made in a large batch and subsequently frozen for later use. It isn't recomended to defrost the rolls in a microwave oven as it is difficult to time it just correctly so that the rolls don't become limp and the fat content over-heated and sizzling.

Aberdeen rolls can be eaten dry (without anything spread on them), spread with butter or spread with jam/ marmalade etc.

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For US to UK equivalents for food weights and measurements see this rough guide