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Scottish Rumbledethump Pies

 A simple recipe for Scottish rumbledethump pies made with cabbage, potatoes and veggie or vegan cheese.

Golden Scottish Rumbledethump Pies on a baking sheet

   WHAT ARE RUMBLEDETHUMPS?

Rumbledethumps are a traditional Scottish dish.

It's the name for a rustic cabbage and potato pie which is topped with grated cheddar and baked until golden.

The name is said to be the sound of the cabbage and potatoes as they are mixed with a wooden spoon and it thumps against the bowl.


SCOTTISH RUMBLEDETHUMP PIES

Pies are very popular in Scotland and I'll add sausage rolls to that category.

They are sold warm to eat on the go from bakeries and in cafes and pubs, but they are also made at home.

We do love a spot of pastry.

These rumbledethump pies take the tratitional mixture and wrap it in golden, flaky puff pastry for the most satisfying pie to enjoy at lunch or dinner.


for more Scottish recipes check out my page Scottish Recipes for Vegetarians and Vegans


Overhead shot of rumbledethump pies on greaseproof paper on a baking tin

PIE FILLING

These golden pies are filled with a combination of mashed potato, cabbage and grated cheddar (veggie or vegan).

The vegetables have to be well seasoned with salt and pepper.

I used spring greens instead of cabbage.


Shredded spring greens in a clear bowl

WHAT ARE SPRING GREENS?

Spring greens are young cabbage that form looses leaves rather than the tight heads of a white or red cabbage.

They don't have the hard core that other cabbage has either.

The leaves are a rich green and soft.

You can buy them whole or shredded and washed in bags, ready to wilt in a pan with a little water or to pop in a microwave for a few minutes.

If you can't get hold of spring greens you can use other white or green cabbage for these pies.


A pile of rumbledethump pies on a blue plate

PUFF PASTRY

Puff pastry is wonderful stuff, I think you'll agree.

You can make your own if you like. As a matter of fact I learned to make it from scratch at school.

Of course it does take a lot of time and shop-bought pastry is such good quality, it seems mad to make it yourself unless you have a lot of time on your hands.

Ready made puff pastry can be bought in blocks or ready rolled. The blocks are good if you want a thicker pastry as you can roll it as thin or thick as you like.

I like ready-rolled puff pastry. It's very evenly rolled into a precide rectangle which I can never seem to achieve when I roll it myself.

You can choose the option you prefer when making these pies.


IS PUFF PASTRY SUITABLE FOR VEGANS?

Nearly all shop-bought puff pastry is suitable for vegans. Both big well-known brands and supermarket own brands.

The only thing to look out for is 'all butter' pastry, which is exactly that and definitely not suitable for vegans.

If you're not sure, do check the back of the pack.


GETTING THAT GOLDEN FINISH ON PUFF PASTRY

Traditionally the golden finish on puff pastry is achieved by brushing it with an egg wash or milk, but neither of these are suitable for vegans.

For a golden finish to the pastry that's suitable for vegans, brush with either a dairy-free milk or with olive oil.

Both will give a good colour to the pastry and stop them looking peely wally

By the way peely wally is a Scottish phrase that means very pale. You pronounce wally as if it rhymes with rally. There you go, you learned some Scots today, now go away and use it! It's very satisfying and descriptive.


A warm rumbledethump pie torn open so you can see the cabbage and potato filling

HOW TO SERVE RUMBLEDETHUMP PIES

  • Warm from the oven as they are for lunch
  • Hot for lunch with baked beans
  • Cold in your lunch box with a side salad
  • Hot for dinner with mashed potatoes and green veg
  • Hot for dinner with roast potatoes, vegetables and gravy

HOW LONG WILL THESE PIES KEEP


These delicious pies, once cool, can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

They can be served cold or warmed in the oven or the microwave.

CAN THESE PIES BE FROZEN?


For best results, freeze these pies on a tray, when they are assembled, but before they are glazed or baked.

They can be frozen for 3-4 months.

If you flash freeze them on a tray, you can them pop them in one or more freezer bags and take them out as you need them.

You can then bake them from frozen until hot and golden.


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MORE HAND PIES TO TRY

Hand pies like these rumbledethumps are perfect for lunch or eating on the go. Here are a few more you might like to try.


AND FOR SOMETHING SWEET

Hand pies can be a sweet treat too.


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Scottish Rumbledethump Pies

HOW TO MAKE SCOTTISH RUMBLEDETHUMP PIES


Scroll down for step-by-step photos followed by a full printable recipe. If you don't have a printer, hit print then choose save as PDF.

Scottish Rumbledethumps Pie - Step 1 - spring greens and mashed potatoes

STEP 1


Preheat the oven and take the pastry out of the fridge to bring it to room temperature.

In a large bowl add your cooked spring greens and seasoned mashed potatoes.


Scottish Rumbledethumps Pie - Step 2 - Cheese added and mixed

STEP 2


Add grated cheddar (vegetarian or vegan), then season with salt and pepper and mix well.



Scottish Rumbledethumps Pie - Step 3 - cutting pastry circles with a bowl & filled

STEP 3


Use a small bowl to cut six circles from your puff pastry sheet. There should be enough left to re-roll and make one or two more circles.

If you don't have a bowl the right size look around for a jar or something else circular, you can wash and use as a template.

Add a generous amount of filling to the lower half of each circle, leaving a border.

Dampen the border with a little water. I just use a clean finger to rub on the water.

Slightly stretch the empty half of pastry and pull over the filling.


Scottish Rumbledethumps Pie - Step 4 - bake

STEP 4


Use a fork around the edge of the pie to seal the pastry and cut a couple of slits on top to let out steam.

Brush with milk or olive oil and bake until golden.

Enjoy!


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Yield: 6-8
Author: Jacqueline Meldrum
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Scottish Rumbledethump Pies

Scottish Rumbledethump Pies

A simple recipe for Scottish rumbledethump pies made with cabbage, potatoes and veggie or vegan cheese.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 30 Min

Ingredients:

  • 375g/15 oz puff pastry
  • 250g/10 oz potatoes, cooked and mashed
  • 1 tbsp dairy-free spread (for the mash)
  • 50g/2 oz spring greens or cabbage, shredded and cooked
  • 25g/1 oz grated cheddar (veggie or vegan)
  • salt and pepper
  • milk or oil for brushing

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c/160c fan/350f/gas mark 4.
  2. Take the pastry out of the fridge to allow it to come to room temperature.
  3. Prep your veg.  Mash the potato with dairy-free spread and season with salt and pepper.
  4. In a large bowl mix the veg with grated cheese and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Unroll your party, or if you have a block, roll it to a large rectangle.
  6. Cut out circles using a small bowl. You should manage 6-8. 
  7. Leave it on the greaseproof paper it comes on or place it on non-stick baking paper on a baking sheet.
  8. Scoop a generous dollop of the filling on half of each circle, leaving a border.
  9. Rub a little water around the edge of the circle to help seal the pastry, then slightly stretch the half of the pastry that has no filling over the filling and press down around the edge. Use a fork to press around the edges and complete the seal.
  10. Cut a couple of slits in the pies and brush with milk or oil, then bake for 20 minutes until golden.
  11. Enjoy!

Notes:

You can use leftover mash and cabbage to make these pies. For more flavour you can spread mustard on half the pastry circle, leaving a border before adding the filling. You can use milk or oil to glaze the pastry before baking. These pastries will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. These pastries can be frozen. Flash freeze them before you bake them, on a tray then move to freezer bags. Bake from frozen.

Calories

398.6

Fat (grams)

25.73

Sat. Fat (grams)

4.35

Carbs (grams)

37.99

Fiber (grams)

2.03

Net carbs

35.95

Sugar (grams)

1.05

Protein (grams)

6.94

Sodium (milligrams)

246.21

Cholesterol (grams)

4.68
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21 comments

  1. These are delicious! And I love that tip to brush the pastry with olive oil to mimic egg wash. I've finally found a great solution for vegan friendly golden crust for my pastries and bread. :)

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    1. Yes it nakes such a difference. I discovered it after several bakes came out very pale.

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  2. That is an inspired idea Jacqueline. They look great. Thanks Jill

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  3. Yum! These definitely do look like quite the satisfying lunch or dinner. I love that beautiful golden puff pastry crust.

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    1. Oh yes they are great for both and turned out beautifully golden.

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  4. These look absolutely adorable! And such a great little story behind the name too :)

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  5. I love hand-pies and these vegetarian pies look delicious and super easy to make too!

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    1. Oh yes they are delicious and super easy to make. I hope you try them.

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  6. Bintu | Recipes From A PantrySaturday, 26 September, 2020

    These sound absolutely wonderful - so delicious and the perfect comfort food as the weather grows cooler.

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    1. Oh definitely, they are the perfect autumn comfort food.

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  7. Love the combination of ingredients in this pie recipe. Something new to try. So delicious

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    1. I hope you try them and enjoy them as much as we did.

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  8. Cheese cabbage and potato is a magic combination and putting it in pies means I can't resist having one or more of these.

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    1. Haha yes they are very moreish! I do hope you try them.

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  9. Mmm...these pies look so tasty!

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  10. These would make great lunches while my kids are in school. Very filling and easily portable. Love it!

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    1. Yes, I am.making some for my son's lunch box. Enjoy them.

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  11. This was amazing for dinner and I can’t wait to make it again. I bet this would also be great for lunches.

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