After clearing up the mystery of pineapple tarts for me, my boyfriend’s niece brought up macaroni pies. “Macaroni pies?” I queried hesitantly, trying to equate pasta and pies. There was no mistake though, it is essentially macaroni cheese in a pie.
Thus far, I’ve only encountered these in a pack of four assorted tarts, so am not entirely sure they are specific to Scotland. Vague snippets of information on the internet seem to support the theory, but until I see them more widely available, I’m going to reserve judgement.
While idling round the supermarket, I noticed a packet of large (maybe 15cm in diameter), flat, raisin-studded pancakes. Upon studying the label, I saw these were called “Fruit Crumpets”. Adjacent was a fruit-free version called simply “Crumpets”.
After spying these little yellow-domed tarts in a bakery window, I fell instantly to speculating what they were. My boyfriend’s niece was able to interpret my vague but enthusiastic description of them to be pineapple fancies aka pineapple cakes aka pineapple tarts.
I recently moved to Ayrshire in Scotland. Having only been north of the border a handful of times before, my food encounters here were limited.
I knew about haggis, neeps and tatties, I’d heard about cranachan, and I’d eaten unlimited amounts of shortbread, but while strolling past a local bakery, I glanced in the window to see a number of unfamiliar items.
I only caught a glimpse, and one of them made me think of a yellow marshmallow peep chick. Walking on a bit further, I pondered what it could have been. A meringue-topped cake? A lemon tart of some sort? A version of that odd ice-cream cone filled with marshmallow one sometimes finds? Continue reading Scottish Bakery Treats: Introduction