Saturday, March 22, 2014

Cheese and vegemite scrolls

Buying bread from a man in Brussels
He was six foot four and full of muscle
I said, "Do you speak-a my language?"
He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich
Down Under, Men at Work

Vegemite is a divisive spread - you generally either love it or hate it.  As a kid, I was in the hate camp, but as an adult, while I don't love it, I appreciate its saltiness on toast every now and again.

It was meant to be A Taste of Harmony day at work yesterday, but it was cancelled due to lack of interest.  I went ahead and made my contribution anyway - cheese and vegemite scrolls.  I already had the ingredients and I was in the mindset to do it, so I went ahead.

For the uninitiated, bakeries here sell bread roll scrolls filled with cheese and vegemite as vegemite scrolls.  It is not difficult to replicate at home.  I chose this recipe for my scrolls because it had a bread foundation, like the ones in the bakeries.  Many recipes online use a scone base instead, which doesn't really appeal to me.

My modifications to the recipe were: (a) on adding the egg to the flour mix, I kneaded the dough using the dough hook on a stand mixer for about 5 minutes before the first rise; (b) I brushed the top of the scrolls with an egg and milk wash before baking to assist with the browning process; and (c) I grated some extra cheese to put on top (hence the scrolls aren't that visible).  The end result is a pull-apart loaf of cheese and vegemite scrolls:


I thought these were OK; I am not a huge vegemite fan, so that is as good as it gets for me.  However, I was told by someone who likes vegemite that these scrolls were good, but he wanted more vegemite!

There you go - if you want an Aussie food experience, make yourself some cheese and vegemite scrolls this weekend.  However, if you are not used to vegemite, definitely don't add extra.


2paw said...

Brace yourself: when I was little we drank Vegemite like Bonox!!
Now I usually have Vegemite on a nice little white load from the bakery at the corner, lightly toast, when I am poorly. I do like Vegemite, but in small doses. Your scrolls look very yummy and bonus points for making them with the bread and not scone dough.

Cakelaw said...

I don't think I am ready to drink Vegemite, even now, but I do like it on toast.

Kari said...

This looks like a giant scroll, am I right? What a great idea and I'm glad you went ahead with your contribution even if the day didn't!

Johanna GGG said...

I love cheeseymite but not too much vegemite- actually I loved vegemite more as a kid than I do now - probably due to my promite years even though we are pretty much a vegemite household now

Mardi Michels said...

See now I AM a huge Vegemite fan and I think these look fantastic!

Cakelaw said...

Yes, right!