25 January 2011

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...


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!


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...










And bake.



It doesn’t get any easier than that!


Warm flaky pastry…



Encasing a cheesy vegemite filling.


Taste tested and approved by Mr BBB :)


I just hope there are some left for tomorrow’s BBQ!

What about you? Do you like vegemite?

Happy Baking :)


  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 do like a bit of vegemite. I spread it thnly with butter. Yumm...

  3. Replies
    1. how often do you eat roadkill? LOL

  4. Oh such a good idea! My hubs will LOVE THIS!!

  5. Never tried it (or even heard of it!). Interesting.......

  6. I've never tried Vegemite before. I meant to get some when I visited Sydney, but I totally forgot!

  7. 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

  8. The only reason I've ever heard of it from a song-you know the one-by Men at Work-Land Down Under. I think I would probably try it if I had the chance.

  9. perfect idea! i love vegemite and it's been awhile since i last had some. i will be sure to put it down on my list the next time i go shopping! thanks for sharing this.

  10. I am loving these Taste of Australia posts. It's making me want to take a vacation to your neck of the woods.

  11. 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.

  12. something else i haven't tried ;) love these rolls though!

  13. 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...

  14. Well done! I've often considered trying the Baker's Delight version, but they just seem so big to me... I like your mini rolls!

  15. I love these when made with bread dough but never thought to make them with puff pastry - hope the pastry in my freezer is still up to it

  16. 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!

  17. I'd totally forgotten about these...., good memories :)

  18. Those are making me hungry! Anything with lots of melted cheese is good!

  19. I was looking for this information, thanks for put in this easy way, I mean in a easy way to understand it jajaja, well until the next time.

  20. 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!!