Traditional Scottish Baps or Buns

Scottish Baps, also called buns when homemade, are fresh soft pockets of bread perfect for a sandwich.

I recently started making buns and baps again because the numbers in our budget were getting too high.

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How To Make Scottish Baps The Traditional Way

As you all know, I love to be busy in the kitchen and looking for ways to help lower our grocery budget.

I like to make all the treats we eat in the house instead of buying commercially made products.

My kids enjoy my Milk Toffee, Cinnamon Buns, Cherry Pie Minis, Granola Bars or even my Jam-filled Oatmeal Squares.

Honestly, I could share recipes with the amount of homemade baking and cooking that I do.

It suits our family and our budget.

Buying Bread vs. Making Homemade Bread, Buns, and Baps

We have discussed living within our means lately, and the biggest thing that was eating into our budget was bread and buns for sandwiches.

I know you may think I’m joking, but yes, bread products can easily drive the budget higher each week.

Shopping The Reduced Rack For Bread

The only way to chop that expense was to buy bread at reduced prices and then freezing them.

In the process of freezing bread, I found they didn’t keep long enough, so I decided to make my own in the end.

Lowering expenses for our family meant watching flyer sales and buying bread as I shop each week so it stays fresh.

My family can easily go through four loaves of bread in one week as well as buns, so you can see why the costs are high.

I would buy a dozen buns for sandwiches, and they are typically gone within a couple of days.

Homemade Baps Are Cheaper To Make

With a bit of fine-tuning, I found the easiest and cheapest way was to make homemade baps and buns at a fraction of the cost compared to the grocery store.

Costings breakdown to buy the products to make the flour baps/buns, but it will depend on each store in the province.

The following bread ingredients below will make loads of Scottish Baps/Buns.

  • Flour from Costco $6.99 10kg bag
  • Salt $1.49 1kg box
  • Yeast 2lbs $4.99
  • Milk $4.39 4L jug

Compare that to buying loaves of bread from the grocery store, and you will always win with homemade.

Flour Baps Are The Easiest Buns To Make

How to make traditional Scottish baps
Traditional Scottish Baps Recipe

What are flour baps, and how long do they keep for?

In Scotland, we call buns flour baps; as mentioned and honest, they are easy to make. You won’t ever repurchase buns at a bakery again.

The small round buns or baps are fluffy inside and keep really well, up to 5 days without going hard.

The freshness factor is great because my family loves to have toasted buns on the weekend with my homemade jam or carrot marmalade.

We also like to stuff them with luncheon meats and cheese or butter and eat with homemade chilli, stew or soups. 

You can have these hot fluffy flour baps ready to eat within a couple of hours.

If you are anything like us, we love to enjoy buns hot out of the oven too.

How To Make Scottish Buns Or Baps

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Steps to make Scottish Baps Recipe
Steps to make Scottish Baps Recipe

Making bread is not as hard as you think it is, and I’m betting you will come back to leave me a comment to tell me so.

Bread making can be an art, but this requires reading and following a recipe for the home baker.

Prep time: 10 mins
Proof/rise time: 1hr first rise, 20 mins second rise before putting into the oven
Cook time:  15 mins
Oven temp: 190oC/374oF
Yield: 12 buns
Please note the prep time and cook time in this recipe below does not include the proofing time as I am unable to add this to the recipe. (See above for times)
How to make  soft Scottish Baps Recipe
How to make soft Scottish Baps Recipe
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Traditional Scottish Baps Aka Buns
Recipe type: Breads
If you are a bread lover like everyone in my family these super easy flour baps or buns as we call them are fairly simple to make and will save you money in your grocery budget not to mention the freshness factor.
  • 4½ cups flour
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 cup lukewarm milk
  • 4 teaspoons yeast
  • Extra cup of flour for kneading the dough
  1. Place flour, butter and salt into a bowl and mix until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  2. In a jug place the lukewarm milk, water, sugar and yeast then stir until dissolved. Cover and place in a warm area until frothy
  3. Once frothy mix again and add into the flour mix and stir until it starts coming together to form a dough. I use my mixer for this but you can use a handheld too. Just mix until the beater starts to clog with dough then turn out.
  4. Knead dough until smooth around 5 minutes then place back in the bowl and let rise for 1hr. I use my oven and switch on the light for this.
  5. Once doubled in size punch down and knead again for 5 minutes
  6. Then divide into 12 pieces and roll dough into balls.
  7. You should get all 12 balls onto the baking tray.
  8. Dust bottom of the baking tray with flour
  9. Once the baking tray is dusted with flour place dough evenly apart onto a tray and then dust again with flour.
  10. I use an old spice jar filled with flour for this. You can use parchment paper too.
  11. Let rise again for another 20 minutes
  12. Now place in the oven for 15 minutes or until the top of the Baps/Buns have turned light brown.
  13. Take of the baking tray and place on a cooling tray.

Scottish Baps or Buns can be frozen once cooled and are great for when you need them.

Discussion: Do you make homemade buns or baps? Please leave me your comments below.


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