Taste of Australia (part 2): Vegemite Scrolls

Training: Run 5km So it seems that I am not the only one who has eaten roo! While it doesn’t feature a lot in my meals, being lean and low in saturated fat is certainly a selling point. Part 1: Kangaroo and Macadamia Salad But it is now time for Part 2 of …. A series showcasing Australia from a foodie perspective would not be complete without a recipe using one very "Aussie" staple… IMG_4831 You guessed it….Vegemite! This dark yeast spread, rich in vitamin B, appears regularly at Australian breakfast tables, but is often loathed by many foreigners. Developed in 1922, its medicinal value was endorsed by the British Medical Association in 1939 and included in Australian Army rations during World War II.  By the late 1940s, Vegemite was believed to be used in nine out of ten Australian homes! (source) Perhaps the most iconic connection with vegemite is, however, the catchy jingle "We’re happy little Vegemites" used to market the product from 1954. While I have no doubt that most Australians can sing the jingle off by heart, you can check out a video here. Tomorrow we have some friends coming over for a lunchtime BBQ. Wanting to include Vegemite on the menu, I decided to make a batch of Vegemite and cheese scrolls….also known as Cheesymite scrolls. While sadly these are not wheat free, I am sure that the others will enjoy them! Puff pastry… IMG_4829   Vegemite… IMG_4832 Cheese… IMG_4833 Roll… IMG_4834IMG_4835 Slice… IMG_4836IMG_4838 And bake. IMG_4840 IMG_4852 It doesn’t get any easier than that! IMG_4866 Warm flaky pastry… IMG_4868 IMG_4861 Encasing a cheesy vegemite filling. IMG_4869 Taste tested and approved by Mr BBB :) IMG_4870 I just hope there are some left for tomorrow’s BBQ! What about you? Do you like vegemite? Happy Baking :)

22 thoughts on “Taste of Australia (part 2): Vegemite Scrolls

  1. I'm not a huge fan of Vegemite I have to say but I have a jar in my cupboard anyway – it seems unAustralian not to have any in the house 😉 The only time I want to eat it is when I'm jetlagged.

    Those scrolls look very nice!x

  2. I've never tried it but it is sold in our local grocery stores. I've wanted to try it but i don't want to buy it if I don't know whether or not I'll like it. But those scrolls look awesome…I would love to try one

  3. I have to confess to being an Australian who doesn't like vegemite! My parents are both Scottish so I didn't eat it growing up, and neither have my girls.
    Those scrolls look great though – I never guessed they'd be so easy. I think i'll have a go at making some plain cheese ones – they would be so yummy with some homemade soup.

  4. Ooo, it's like the vegemite scroll from Bakers Delight…except made easier with pastry! I will have to make a vegan version although I'm more of a marmite girl myself…

  5. Just want to tell you that I read this post at lunch time, thought that I could do that, grabbed my pastry, vegemite and cheese and had these baked and out at the BBQ within the hour. Can I just say thank you and YUM! They were hot and vegecheeseydelicious and were gone in minutes.
    Happy Australia Day!

  6. Vegemite – yum but best spread on very fresh white bread (butter first). High in salt which is great during an Australian summer.
    Proud Aussie and Queenslander!!

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