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Morning Rolls

Introduction & method

Morning rolls, or breakfast rolls are a Scottish tradition. They have a soft, fluffy interior and a slightly crunchy crust. Except in Glasgow where the rolls are 'well-fired' to the extent that they look burnt.

Morning Rolls Recipe

Make the Dough

Cut the lard into small chunks (you can use oil if lard is a problem) and rub into the flour with all the dry ingredients. You can do this in a stand mixer. Mix in the water and stir until the dough forms a ball. Now it needs to be kneaded for 10 minutes - by hand or by using the dough hook in a stand mixer.

Prove it

Place the dough into a clean bowl. Lightly coat the dough in oil, cover the bowl with plastic film and leave it in a warm place to double in volume. This will take an hour or two.

Make Rolls

Sprinkle flour on your worktop, knead the dough for a minute to get rid of all the air. Divide it into 9 equal balls - roll them between your palms to get them nice and smooth. Get a 23cm (9 inch) square roasting tin with high sides. Line it with greaseproof paper, sprinkle with rice flour and place the balls of dough in the tin. Don't worry if they are close together - they will actually touch each other when they are risen and this is what we want. Cover the balls with a clean cloth and leave to rise again for about an hour.

Bake the Rolls

Heat your oven to 210°C (410°F) for a fan/convection oven, 230°C (446°F) conventional, gas 8. Paint the risen rolls with milk and sprinkle with rice flour. Bake the rolls for 15 minutes - or longer if you want a crispier top. Remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack

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Ingredients & Info

 450 grams strong white bread flour
 250 ml lukewarm water
 30 grams lard
 1 tsp active dried yeast
 1 tsp salt
 1 tsp sugar


Rice flour, semolina or polenta for dusting. Milk for 'glaze'.

US Customary/Imperial

Makes 9 rolls
Prep time: 15 minutes.
proving time: 3 hours.
Cooking time: 15 minutes.
Total time: 3 hours 30 minutes.