We’re big fans of oats in our house. From the daily porridge requests each morning, too endlessly trying to perfect flapjack (which I will finally share when I eventually do!), we just can’t get enough of those little super-grains. If there’s one oat classic that always feels a little bit special to me, it is Oatcakes.
I think it’s the fact we’re usually known to indulge in them with some posh cheese and nice chutney, so whenever we do have Oatcakes I always end up feeling like it’s a special occasion. The funny thing is though, that their origins are anything but fancy; oatcakes were actually first produced as a more sustainable substitute to bread for us folk up here in Scotland. Plus they’re super cheap to make and super easy also! A mere three ingredients, with a little salt and a dash of water, and you’re good to go.
We actually stay just a stone’s throw away from the factory of one of Scotland’s best loved oatcakes but with these being so simple and delicious, I think we’ll be opting to make them ourselves when it comes to gifting them within hampers at Christmas. Plus I’m a sucker for a good Scottish recipe so these do the job in making me feel all patriotic just fine.
Granny’s Top Tips
♥ Porridge oats are our favourite for Oatcakes but you can experiment with different types of oats for different textures.
♥ A lot of Oatcakes recipes call for Bicarbonate Soda or Baking Powder, however with the absence of any acid there’s no real need for these ingredients.
♥ Why not try adding a little grated cheese or some poppy seeds to your oatcakes for varying flavours?
- Pre-heat your oven to 190°c and grease a baking tray.
- Mix the oats, flour and salt together in a large bowl.
- Add the vegetable shortening and rub together until the mixture resembles large breadcrumbs.
- Gradually add the water a little at a time until you have a thick dough.
- Roll the dough on a floured surface to around 5mm thick. Cut your oatcakes with a cookie cutter into your desired shape, or alternatively you can simply cut with a knife.
- Place your oatcakes onto your pre-greased tray and bake for 20-30 minutes until dry and lightly golden. It's also a good idea to turn the oatcakes at least once during baking to prevent them being dry & golden on one side and soggy on the other.