Food and Recipes

Enjoy Some Homemade Scottish Cooking!


Throughout the society's history, we have acquired a long list of members with incredible talents. We compiled recipes from their favorite baked goods, desserts, and other treats into the Scottish St. Andrew Society Cookbook! If there's a recipe you'd like to submit, email it to and we'll insert to the cookbook.

Whether you like scones, sausage rolls, scotch eggs, porridge, cock-a-leekie soup, cabbie claw, scotch pie, or Haggis (the final challenge in Scottish cuisine), you can always find something for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

Sample recipes are available in the links to the left. Happy cooking fellow Scots!


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The Scottish St. Andrew Society Cookbook



(A number of our recipes come from the Scottish St. Andrew Society of Greater St. Louis Cookbook, published in the 1970's, we have credited the member who submitted the recipe where known. The cookbook was a set of recipes submitted by: Jean Cobain, Hazel Craig, Eileen Dewar, Peggy Flynn, Betty McGregor, Betty Matthews, Winnie Shirreff, Agnes Stirrat, Barbara Stirrat, & Betty Sunter)

Cheese Puffs

by The Scottish St. Andrew Society of Greater St. Louis Cookbook

  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 small tsp. baking powder
  • 3 oz. grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 egg beaten
  • About 1 tbsp. milk

Mix all ingredients to a stiff batter. Drop by heaping tsp. into the well greased sections of muffin pans. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. Remove & let cool. Slice when cold. Butter both sides, add slice of tomato to each one and replace top. These puffs can be frozen & reheated when needed.

Christmas Pudding

by The Scottish St. Andrew Society of Greater St. Louis Cookbook

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 4 oz. shredded suet
  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 6 oz. currants
  • 6 oz. golden raisins
  • 3 oz. mixed peel
  • 6 oz. dark raisins
  • 2 oz. chopped almonds
  • 1 grated apple
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 grated carrot
  • 1 tbsp mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sherry or brandy (or 1/2 cup orange juice)

Sift together dry ingredients. Add sugar, bread crumbs, suet, & flour.

Add juices & grated rind of lemon. Beat eggs well & add all liquids to form a mixture of dropping consistency. Turn into a well greased oven proof bowl or basin so mixture comes up to 2/3 up the bowl. Cover with greased wax paper & aluminum foil.

Steam 6-8 hours. Can be frozen & reheated when needed.

Eccles Cakes

by The Scottish St. Andrew Society of Greater St. Louis Cookbook

These cakes are very like fruit squares, but they are individual cakes.

  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 cup currants
  • 4 tbsp. chopped peel
  • 1 amount of flaky pastry as for fruit squares

In a bowl, cream butter with sugar. Mix in the currants & the peel. Roll out pastry to 1/2" thick. Cut into rounds 4-1/2" in diameter. Put 2 tsp. of the filling in the center of each round of dough. Brush edges with milk & press them together on top so filling is completely covered & sealed in. Turn over & roll until currants show through. Put 2 slits in top. Brush with beaten egg & bake in 400 degree oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Empire Biscuits

by The Scottish St. Andrew Society of Greater St. Louis Cookbook

These biscuits were originally named German Biscuits until World War I. When the war broke out, they were renamed Empire Biscuits.

  • 1/2 lb. flour
  • 4 oz. butter
  • 2 oz. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda

Beat sugar & butter to a cream, add egg & other ingredients. Knead into a soft dough. Roll out at once very thin. Cut in rounds. Place on cookie sheet & bake in 350 degree oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Spread preserve on half & place other half on top of them. Ice all with vanilla icing & top with 1/2 cherry.

Fruit Squares

by The Scottish St. Andrew Society of Greater St. Louis Cookbook

  • 8 oz. currants
  • 1 oz. cherries
  • 2 oz. sultanas
  • 2 small apples
  • 3 oz. brown sugar
  • 8 oz flaky pastry
  • Large oblong cake pan

Clean fruit. Cut cherries into small pieces. Add sugar & grated apple. Make pastry & cut into 2 pieces. Roll out 1 piece pastry to fit the bottom & sides of pan. Place in pan & trim edges. Spread fruit mixture evenly over the bottom of pan. Roll out the other piece of pastry to form a lid. Moisten edges of first layer and place the other layer on top. Trim edges again. Brush surface with beaten egg & dredge with sugar. Mark top lightly with back of knife blade into squares. Bake in 400 degree oven for 30-35 minutes.

Note: Canned apples may be used or apple sauce and add a dash of lemon.

Highland Scones

by Betty Sunter

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup or more of Buttermilk

Sift dry ingredients together & rub in butter, then mix in enough milk to make a soft dough & beat well with wooden spoon. Turn out on a floured board. Knead very slightly & quickly roll out about 1/2" thick. Cut across into 4 or 8 sections, or into rounds with a cutter. Place on a hot griddle & bake for a minute or two until lightly browned underneath. Turn over & bake on the other side in same manner until cooked through. Keep in folded tea towel until required.

IN OVEN: Roll a little thicker. Bake in 500 degree oven for 7-10 minutes. Serve with butter, jam or Lemon Curd, etc.

Lemon Curd

by Peggy Flynn

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • Juice 2 lemons or 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 eggs
  • A little grated lemon peel

Melt butter in heavy pan. Add sugar, lemon juice, & peel. Heat slowly until all is dissolved. Cool & then add beaten eggs. Heat slowly again, but do not boil, until mixture thickens. Store in glass jars. Should make enough for 2 lb. jars. This can be used for cake fillings, or in tarts, or as a preserve.

Red or Blue Plum Jam

by The Scottish St. Andrew Society of Greater St. Louis Cookbook

  • Wash & cut out stones. Cut fruit in 1/4.
  • 2 or 3 cups fruit
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light raisins to 3 cups fruit
  • 1/2 lemon squeezed & rind ground (use all parts) in grinder

Put all into broad open pan. Add 1/2 stick butter (no water). Bring slowly to boil, boil hard for 15 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes & pot.

Sausage Rolls

by The Scottish St. Andrew Society of Greater St. Louis Cookbook

  • 1 lb. Pork sausage, lean & mild
  • Approx. 3 cups of pastry, either flaky or your favorite shortcrust.

Roll out pastry into a rectangle about 1/8" thick, 9" wide, and as long as the amount of dough will permit. Cut into three 3" wide strips. Roll sausage meat into long cylinder shapes about 1/2" thick and each piece long enough to lay the length of each strip of dough. Damp one edge of dough and roll over to completely cover the meat. Cut into 2-3" lengths with a pizza cutter or knife. Place on a cookie sheet and bake in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes, reduce heat to 375 degrees and bake for 20 minutes longer or until the rolls are browned on top.

Scotch Pancakes

by The Scottish St. Andrew Society of Greater St. Louis Cookbook

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. Cream of Tartar

Beat egg & sugar together. Add milk, then dry ingredients which have been sifted together. Beat until smooth. Grease a hot griddle and drop the mixture in small rounds. When the surface rises in bubbles turn the pancakes over with a knife & brown the other side. Keep warm in a tea towel. Spread with butter, jam, or lemon curd.

Scotch Shortbread

by The Scottish St. Andrew Society of Greater St. Louis Cookbook

  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2-1/2 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar; A little more if needed

Let butter soften at room temperature. Add sugar to butter & work in with your hands. Work in flour, 1 cup at a time, to a firm dough, adding a little extra flour if dough too soft. Put in a jelly roll pan & roll out in pan. Prick dough with fork. Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 300 degrees for 15-30 minutes more until golden brown. Cut into fingers at once & dust with sugar. Store in airtight tin.

Scottish Oatcakes

by The Scottish St. Andrew Society of Greater St. Louis Cookbook

  • 3-3/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1-2 tbsp melted lard
  • 1/2 tsp salt or bacon drippings
  • About 3/4 cup hot water

Work oats a little at a time in a blender until the mixtures is like ground whole wheat flour. Mix oats with salt & make a well in center. Pour in fat & stir to mix. Adding enough hot water to make a fairly stiff dough. Divide the dough in 2 & leave one part in a warm place. Roll out the other on a floured board to a round, 1/8" thickness. Trim the edges to a neat round. Cut the round into wedges & place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Work quickly as the dough stiffens & dries as it cools. Bake in 350 degree oven for 10 minutes or until lightly browned & edges of cakes slightly curled. Finish the remaining dough in the same way.

Selkirk Bannock

by The Scottish St. Andrew Society of Greater St. Louis Cookbook

  • 6 cups flour
  • 1-2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1-1/2 cups golden raisins
  • 3/4 cup currants
  • 1/2 cup mixed peel
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 pkg. dry or 1 cake compressed yeast
  • 2 tbsp. milk mixed with 1 tbsp. sugar for glaze
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups lukewarm milk

Sift the flour with the salt into a warm bowl. Rub in the butter with the fingertips until mixture resembles crumbs. Stir in fruit, peel, & sugar & make a well in the center. Sprinkle yeast over 1/2 cup of warm milk & let stand 5 minutes or until dissolved. Pour into the flour mixture with 1 cup more milk. Mix to a fairly firm dough, adding more milk if necessary. Then knead for 5 minutes until the dough is smooth & elastic. Place in warm bowl, cover with a towel (damp) & leave in a warm place for 1 to 1-1/2 hours, or until double in bulk. Set oven 400 degrees & lightly flour a baking sheet. Turn out dough onto a board, work lightly to knock out the air & shape into a large round 2 to 2-1/2" thick. Set on baking sheet & set in a warm place to rise for 25 minutes or until almost double in bulk. Bake in heated oven for 40-45 minutes. Brush the Bannock with sweetened milk to glaze & bake 10 minutes longer or until well browned & the Bannock sounds hollow when it is tapped. Cool on wire rack. To serve cut into 1/4" slices and spread with butter.

Sultana Cake

by The Scottish St. Andrew Society of Greater St. Louis Cookbook

  • 1 lb. butter
  • pinch salt
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 box golden raisins
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 lb. box raisins (regular)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple
  • A little salt
  • Makes 2 cakes 9-1/2 x 5-1/4 x 2-3/4

Line pans with brown paper & grease. Cream butter & sugar until light & fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, alternating with flour & baking powder. Add the milk, beat well. Add other ingredients & mix well. Put into pans & bake 2-1/2 hours at 250 degrees, then 300 degrees for another 30 minutes or until light brown on top.

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