Midge Cemetery

Recipe from Wee Lassie
Submitted by Floris Books


300 g raisins
150 g currants
150 g sugar
250 ml cold water
1 tbsp cornflour
1 tsp ground all spice

350 g self raising flour
185 g butter
Milk for brushing
Caster sugar for sprinkling on top


To make the filling – mix the cornflour with the water in a pan. Add all the other filling ingredients, stir and boil for 3 mins until reduced and syrup-like. Take off the heat and leave to cool completely. To make the pastry – sieve the flour and salt into a bowl. Rub the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add a little cold water, sprinkling over the mixture, and draw together until you get a soft dough. Cut the dough in two equal portions and roll out the two halves over a floured surface. Place one of the rolled halves on tray. Spread fruit mixture on top, then place the other pastry half on top of that. The pastry should overlap the filling slightly. Brush top with milk and bake for 20 minutes at 190 degrees Celsius. Take out and sprinkle with sugar.

There was a wee lassie who swallowed a midgie.
I don’t know why she swallowed the midgie,
so teeny and squidgy!

There was a wee lassie who swallowed a trout;
it flip-flopped and swim-swam and bubbled about.
She swallowed the trout to catch the midgie;

I don’t know why she swallowed the midgie,
so teeny and squidgy!

In Rebecca Colby’s hilarious twist on a much-loved rhyme, the wee lassie swallows a succession of Scotland’s favourite creatures to catch that pesky midgie – including a puffin, a Scottie dog, a seal, and even Nessie! Kate McLelland’s funny, engaging illustrations bring to life this uniquely Scottish version of a classic rhyme.

Rebecca Colby and Kate McLelland are published by Floris Books.