Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

From Nigella Lawson's How to be a Domestic Goddess. NOTE: I made these for the first time yesterday and would like to give some tips. You may want to use a bit more salt, perhaps 1/4 tsp. as a pinch was not enough, and I'm not a heavy salt user. Also, after you've added the hot water and mixed it all up, you may want to let it cool down for a few minutes so it will be easier to handle.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 200C/400°F.
  2. Put the oats, salt and baking soda in a bowl.
  3. Make a well, pour in the lard and stirring with a wooden spoon, add in enough of the hot water to make a stiff dough. If you're using oatmeal, you should need about 75 ml; with porridge oats, you may need as much as 200 ml.
  4. Knead it for a while to make it come smoothly together, then roll out as thinly as you can.
  5. Cut into triangles or rounds.
  6. Bake on an ungreased baking sheet for 15-20 minutes, or until the edges are turning golden-brown and the oatcakes themselves are firm (they'll crisp up on cooling).
  7. Remove to a wire rack to cool.


Most Helpful

These are THE perfect oat cakes, the way you can buy them top brand in Scotland. They are not supposed to be sweet of very salty either, just very oaty, but I did use 1/4 ts salt as well. They are the perfect background for strong flavors, we love them with cheese.
Unfortunately katli's picture does not do justice to these oatcakes, they are not supposed to be crumbly heaps like that. Hers are short of water, which should be added until the dough is pliable, smooth and not cracking, as instructed in the recipe.
I rolled the dough thin (like 3 mm) on baking parchment paper, cut in squares with pastry cutter and off to oven. All done in minutes. Very easy and quick to make, really.

rosslare December 26, 2012

These were tasty! I took your suggestion Culinary Queen and added a bit more salt. I also added a half teaspoon of sugar as I remember eating these oatcakes as a small child and they were a wee bit sweeter. I rolled them out super thin and just topped with old cheddar cheese. Great recipe!

Mrs. Duncan Mahogany June 08, 2007

These were nice for gluten free crackers but ours didn't come out as perfect as the posters photo. I used wheat free rolled oats which I ground somewhat in a coffee/spice mill, like reviewers I used more sea salt, gluten free baking soda, soft organic cultured unsalted butter in place of lard, and the hot water of course. I rolled mine pretty thin but I don't think they rose any so maybe I should not have rolled them so thin?

UmmBinat July 23, 2013

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