Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr
This is my best attempt to duplicate Scottish oatcakes, which I had previously only had from a box (brands such as Nairn). I don't know how they would compare to homemade oatcakes in Scotland or Ireland, although in my search for a recipe, I've found that there are many varieties, including sweet or yeast-leavened. This recipe is based on one I found in a Saturday Evening Post many years ago--which I adapted, lost, and then had to recreate from memory. However, I am quite pleased with the final result! Everyone seems to love them. I think they are traditionally served with cheese, butter, jams, etc. but we just eat them plain. (Note: You may use up to 1 tsp. of salt, or no salt at all, as in the original.)
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 cup butter, softened to room temperature
- 1⁄2 cup cold water
- Put oats into an electric blender and grind to a coarse flour consistency (more or less, according to your preference).
- Mix oats with baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl.
- Rub in butter until mixture is the texture of coarse crumbs.
- Stir in water to form a stiff dough.
- Pat dough evenly into a greased 9x13-inch pan (about 1/4 inch thick).
- Using a table knife, cut into 16 rectangular pieces. Prick all over with a fork, if desired. (Alternatively, chill, roll out, and cut into rounds.).
- Bake at 325 degrees for one hour.
- Cool in pan and break apart. Store in airtight container.