These lovely, plump, pillowy rolls are the breakfast bun of choice in Scotland. I have memories of my grandmother extolling the virtues of baps, and my mother baking them. If you are a morning person, you might even have a batch of these ready and warm from the oven by the time your family rises. It would make a delicious start to the day.Baps are a soft, fine-crumbed roll, with a crisp crust. In “The Breakfast Book”, Marion Cunningham describes them as “a friendlier roll you’ll never meet”. They are easy to make and relatively quick too; you only need one rise before baking. Traditionally, baps are made with lard, but I chose butter this time. I will certainly use lard for the next batch I make, and change up the flour proportions to include some oat flour.
Typically dusted with flour, baps should be just golden brown when they come from the oven. Serve them immediately, when they’re at their best, and use any leftovers, toasted, for sandwiches. I’m thinking that these would be the perfect platform for a breakfast sandwich of egg, bacon, and cheese. Maybe this weekend…
I found the recipe I used here at a lovely British blog. I altered it only slightly and I am very happy with the results. Give these a try and see if you don’t agree. Marmalade and a cup of strong tea make a very good accompaniment to a very friendly breakfast roll. Enjoy!
Scottish Breakfast Buns (Baps)
A soft, pillowy roll, dusted with flour and baked to a crisp golden brown. The best roll for breakfast and sandwiches.
- 12 ounces bread flour
- 4 ounces whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/4 cups a combination of milk and water, slightly warmed ((300 ml, or half a pint))
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 envelope active, dry yeast