The art of the crispy roll

We celebrate the essential Glasgow breakfast staple

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The art of the crispy roll

Across Glasgow, before the morning sun turns the sky from black to merely grey, delivery vans scuttle about delivering freshly made rolls to the city’s convenience stores. The crispy roll is as essential to Glasgow’s diet as Irn-Bru – and it’s not uncommon for both to be purchased together, with fillings ranging from classic breakfast products like sausage and bacon, to cold cuts and cheese – or even Scotch pies.

From the classic crispy roll to the black-topped well-fired rolls – which are bulk-fermented for extra flavour, then hand cut and baked at a high temperature to give that famous well-fired crust – the two leading producers are McGhee's and Mortons, the former selling over 500,000 crispy rolls each week.

It’s an art that trendier artisan bakers leave to the old masters. James Hughes, owner of Tapa Organic says: ‘There are bakers in the city who excel at crispy rolls, and it’s best that we leave them to it.’

D. McGhee & Sons Ltd

10 Keppochhill Drive, M8 Food Park, Glasgow, G21 1HX

One of the largest bakeries in Scotland, McGhee's has been a family bakers since 1935, and are also distributors of retail and catering loaf bread. Now based at the M8 Food Park in Glasgow, they sell an extensive range of bread rolls (including the…

Mortons Rolls

2 Allerdyce Court Great Western Retail Park, Glasgow, G15 6RX

Originally founded by Bob Morton and Jim Clarke in 1965 at their bakery in Anniesland, on the west side of Glasgow, Morton's Rolls now make confectionery, cakes and morning goods including soda and potato scones, with the traditional crispy morning roll…

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