Regional Recipes: Stottie Cake

June 11, 2015

When I first came to the North East as a student I was introduced to the stottie cake. Hungry and between lectures I was searching for a sandwich. The shop sold a wide range of stotties, from ham and pease pudding to chicken salad. Unsure what a stottie cake was but having no other choice I tried one. I found the stottie cake is a disc of bread, rather like a large bap. Stotties have a distinctive taste, crusty and soft with a chewy texture.

Stottie cake

Like many of the dishes from the North East, stotties were born from poverty. Food had to serve shipyard workers and miners and was often filling and made to prevent waste. Leek pudding, pan haggerty and singing hinnies are some examples of this. Stotties were made from left over dough at the end of a days baking. The dough was shaped into a round disc and then cooked on the sole or coolest part of the coal fired oven. Cooking at a low temperature means the yeast has longer to work and gives the bread its chewiness. In the twenties it was common to see stotties lining windowsills in order to cool. In those days it was common place to bake bread at home.

stottie cake

The name stottie comes from the Geordie word “stott” which means bounce. Legend has it that cooks would check the texture of the stottie was correct by stotting or bouncing it off the kitchen floor. If it bounced the texture was correct. I must admit I did not check my stotties to see if they bounced, I suspect the family would not have wanted to eat them if I had.

Stottie cake

The stottie is perfect served warm with butter and jam or cold in a sandwich. The stottie is normally cut into four wedges to make sandwiches. Traditionally the stottie is served with ham and pease pudding, the pease pudding made from spilt peas cooked alongside the gammon.

Pease PuddingHome made pease pudding is more tasty but shop bought will work just as well, bringing out the taste of the ham and the stottie cake. Real butter is a must to create a taste sensation. Other fillings will work just as well, cheese is ideal and often you will find stotties filled with cheese savoury. This is a mix of grated cheese, grated carrots, onion and mayonnaise which makes a simple and delicious filling.

Stottie cakeBread is not something I am good at making, but the stottie cake is actually quite easy to make. Unlike most breads there is only one rise needed, which limits the amount of kneading involved. It is definitely worth the effort, there is something homely about eating home made stotties

Stottie Cake Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Stottie cake
Author: Alison
Ingredients
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp sugat
  • 15 g fresh yeast or 7g sachet of dried yeast
  • ½ tsp white pepper
  • 350 g strong plain white flour
  • 300 ml tepid water
Instructions
  1. Place the yeast, sugar and pepper into a bowl and add 3 tbsps of the water.
  2. Leave in a warm place for 15 minutes until frothy
  3. Sieve the flour and salt into a bowl and make a well in the centre.
  4. Add the yeast mixture.
  5. Add the rest of the water and mix to make a firm dough.
  6. Knead the dough until it is glossy
  7. Cover with a cloth and leave to rise for an hour, or until doubled in size.
  8. Preheat the oven to 180C
  9. Roll out on a floured board and shape into two or three rounds about 2 cm thick
  10. Bake for 20 minutes

 

 

11 responses to “Regional Recipes: Stottie Cake”

  1. Kim Carberry says:

    Ahh! I love these. Obviously with ham and pease pudding!

  2. Janice says:

    I love regional breads and am familiar with the stottie cake and “stotting” which also happens in Scotland although not with bread! Love the idea of ham and pease pudding sandwiches though, excellent combo.

  3. Galina V says:

    They might be food for the poor, but they look very enticing. Going to pin to my Breads board

  4. I’d never heard of these but they sound great – I might have to make them, the kids will love bouncing them on the kitchen table !

  5. Honest mum says:

    Oh wow, how delicious to they look. Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays


  6. Oh wow. Just found this post. Brought back memories of whenever we used to visit my grandparents. My mum would nip up the street to buy stotties at the baker. Guess it is something I’m going to have to try baking now as they don’t sell them down here. Definitely regional

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