Scottish Oatcakes (recipe)

Scottish Oatcakes

Fish & Quips When I first read about Beck ‘n Posh’s British food challenge (titled Fish n Quips) I was immediately filled with curiousity, excitement and fear. You see, and I hope I don’t offend too many, most of my memories of eating in England are far from fond. Outside of fish n chips nothing really appealed to me or was anything that I wanted to taste a second time. Some of this may have been a combination of hosts with poor culinary abilities, shady ‘balti’ establishments that hurt my stomach and having to navigate within my own kosher restrictions. I really hope that when I visit the Isle again I will have the means (and independence) to try places and dishes recommended by passionate Brit foodies, like Trig, whose judgment I trust and respect :) I am also taking part in this challenge to see what dishes the other participants make so that I can maybe find some new recipes that will challenge my prior (mis?)conceptions. :)

So what was I gonna make? I wanted something that would excite my imagination. My mom makes a decent shepherd’s pie but it doesn’t inspire my imagination. Tea sandwiches and scones are nice but after 4 years of weekly Friday Afternoon Teas at Smith they now strike me as mundane. I really wanted to try something that I had not tasted or heard of before. After all, I take part in these foodie challenges because they bring an element of adventure to my days!

My options were quickly running out. And then it hit me (metaphorically, not literally!). Scotland! For some reason I find Scotland and Scots intriguing. Maybe I’ve watched ‘So I married an Axe Murderer’ too many times. Maybe it’s because something in their straight-shooting no-nonsense style and accents reminds me of my Jamaican mom and her family. Maybe it’s because the ones I’ve met have been nothing but friendly and warm. Maybe it’s because I got so many supportive messages from total strangers in Scotland when Trinidad played in the World Cup. Yes! I would make something Scottish! but what?

A friend had once told me about cranachan, and at first I really had my heart on making that. But I have no raspberries, and I didn’t feel like substituting the first time around. Then another friend suggested clootie dumplings. The name made me giggle and the recipe seemed interesting… but …. I just didn’t feel like I wanted to go that route… I had just finished eating off a massive amount of a steamed pudding as it was. Then that same friend (Scottish can you tell?) suggested oatcakes. Hmm? I had never heard of these before and as we talked back and forth I grew more and more animated. Apparently Scottish Oatcakes are like the national bread of Scotland. But they’re not really a bread. And they’re not a cake (in the contemporary sense of the word). This was gonna rock!

I ran several recipes by my friend, that I had located online, for his approval and finally settled on the one listed below. It was a huge hit with my mother and me. She loved it especially because it was sugar-free and healthy. I loved it cos it was flaky and crunchy. We finished them off, Mom enjoying hers with sugar-free jam and tea. I decided to ignore my Scottish friend’s suggestion to consume them with whiskey, opting instead for a ‘classy’ mug of Cherry Kool-aid ;) So yummy. I will definitely be making another batch soon!


Scottish Oatcakes

Ingredients:

1/2 c. shortening
1 c. regular oats or quick-cooking oats
1 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2-3 Tbsp. cold water

Scottish Oatcakes

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Cut shortening into oats, flour, baking soda, and salt until mixture resembles fine crumbs.

Scottish Oatcakes

3. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until mixture forms a stiff dough.
4. Roll until 1/8″ thick on lightly floured surface. Cut into 2-1/2″ rounds.

Scottish Oatcakes

5. Place on ungreased baking sheet.
6. Bake until oatcakes start to brown, about 15-20 minutes until golden. (Keep an eye on them as they go from golden to burnt in the blink of an eye!).

makes 16-18 oatcakes

Serve plain or with honey, butter, jam or cheese at breakfast or as a snack. They can also be topped with meat or smoked fish.

Scottish Oatcakes

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  • Danielle

    Now I’m hungry and its time for me to go to bed. lol.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      hehehe :)

  • Danielle

    Now I’m hungry and its time for me to go to bed. lol.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      hehehe :)

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    wow – you actually made oatcakes. I am impressed! The haggis didn’t strike your fancy did it? I always meant to go try some vegetarian haggis in Edinburgh. And then last year I see one of the shops did Halaal Haggis. Not that it necessary appealed to me, but I wonder if I would have tried it while I was there.
    And I never even thought about making oatcakes. Kinda always thought you bought them ;-)

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      lolz, i’ll take a pass on the haggis, altho my scot friend keeps telling me it really is good. i’ve read that kosher haggis doesn’t exist.. hmm .. there’s a kosher ‘version’ though.. but um.. yeah.. i’ll pass on that too :P

      i like learning to make so many of these things that never occured to me one could make at home :D lol :D i have a recipe for those corn dumplings things that Church’s chicken sells.. dying to try it! :D

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      lolz, i’ll take a pass on the haggis, altho my scot friend keeps telling me it really is good. i’ve read that kosher haggis doesn’t exist.. hmm .. there’s a kosher ‘version’ though.. but um.. yeah.. i’ll pass on that too :P

      i like learning to make so many of these things that never occured to me one could make at home :D lol :D i have a recipe for those corn dumplings things that Church’s chicken sells.. dying to try it! :D

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    wow – you actually made oatcakes. I am impressed! The haggis didn’t strike your fancy did it? I always meant to go try some vegetarian haggis in Edinburgh. And then last year I see one of the shops did Halaal Haggis. Not that it necessary appealed to me, but I wonder if I would have tried it while I was there.
    And I never even thought about making oatcakes. Kinda always thought you bought them ;-)

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      lolz, i’ll take a pass on the haggis, altho my scot friend keeps telling me it really is good. i’ve read that kosher haggis doesn’t exist.. hmm .. there’s a kosher ‘version’ though.. but um.. yeah.. i’ll pass on that too :P

      i like learning to make so many of these things that never occured to me one could make at home :D lol :D i have a recipe for those corn dumplings things that Church’s chicken sells.. dying to try it! :D

  • http://zombiesnack.blogspot.com Freya

    Yum, oatcakes! It’s so great to see people from other countries interpreting British cuisine! You did a great job with these! They are also great crumbled over ice cream!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      OMG!! That sounds so good! I’ll try that with the next batch :D

  • http://zombiesnack.blogspot.com Freya

    Yum, oatcakes! It’s so great to see people from other countries interpreting British cuisine! You did a great job with these! They are also great crumbled over ice cream!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      OMG!! That sounds so good! I’ll try that with the next batch :D

  • http://www.quickindiancooking.com Mallika

    Well done on making the deadline Sarina. I think I have blown it. Dodgy balti restaurants are a total bugbear of mine too. My stomach just churns at the thought of it!! The oatcakes are a really nice twist on the event.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      awww thanks malika .. .apparently i misinterpreted english as british tho. :( oh well :( baltis are evil. stay away from them :lol:

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      awww thanks malika .. .apparently i misinterpreted english as british tho. :( oh well :( baltis are evil. stay away from them :lol:

  • http://www.quickindiancooking.com Mallika

    Well done on making the deadline Sarina. I think I have blown it. Dodgy balti restaurants are a total bugbear of mine too. My stomach just churns at the thought of it!! The oatcakes are a really nice twist on the event.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      awww thanks malika .. .apparently i misinterpreted english as british tho. :( oh well :( baltis are evil. stay away from them :lol:

  • http://becksposhnosh.blogspot.com/ sam

    I hate to break it to you but Scotland is not in England – it is actually a separate country, but don’t worry many English people eat and enjoy oatcakes and many non-British people get confused with all the varieties of United Kingdom. Thank you so much for taking part in Fish & Quips.
    -Sam

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      aah.. i think i misinterpreted english and british … it is really confusing!

      • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

        well, although (now that I am checking) the Becks & Posh thing said “English food” you said at the beginning of the post “British food” so you were correct there at least ;-)

        • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

          i’m not sure where/when/why the shift occurred in my head .. the two are synonyms in my thinking which is probably why I didn’t catch it. i don’t think i realized they weren’t until last year’s world cup. oh well :(

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      aah.. i think i misinterpreted english and british … it is really confusing!

  • http://becksposhnosh.blogspot.com/ sam

    I hate to break it to you but Scotland is not in England – it is actually a separate country, but don’t worry many English people eat and enjoy oatcakes and many non-British people get confused with all the varieties of United Kingdom. Thank you so much for taking part in Fish & Quips.
    -Sam

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      aah.. i think i misinterpreted english and british … it is really confusing!

      • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

        well, although (now that I am checking) the Becks & Posh thing said “English food” you said at the beginning of the post “British food” so you were correct there at least ;-)

        • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

          i’m not sure where/when/why the shift occurred in my head .. the two are synonyms in my thinking which is probably why I didn’t catch it. i don’t think i realized they weren’t until last year’s world cup. oh well :(

  • http://www.aidanbrooks.blogspot.com Trig

    That’s the great thing about oatcakes Sarina, they’re just so damn versatile. I love the idea of crumbling them over ice cream, they might also work as part of a cheesecake base. You could cut out tiny cakelets for canap?ɬ© bases with Scottish smoked salmon and cream cheese (gosh I sound very conservative! ha) There really is no limit to the things you can do with oatcakes

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      omg! those ideas sound so awesome :D I’m taking notes!!! :) I definitely plan to make another batch sooner rather than later, I was craving them last night :) these may end up being a staple in my home lol :D !

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      omg! those ideas sound so awesome :D I’m taking notes!!! :) I definitely plan to make another batch sooner rather than later, I was craving them last night :) these may end up being a staple in my home lol :D !

  • http://www.aidanbrooks.blogspot.com Trig

    That’s the great thing about oatcakes Sarina, they’re just so damn versatile. I love the idea of crumbling them over ice cream, they might also work as part of a cheesecake base. You could cut out tiny cakelets for canap?ɬ bases with Scottish smoked salmon and cream cheese (gosh I sound very conservative! ha) There really is no limit to the things you can do with oatcakes

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      omg! those ideas sound so awesome :D I’m taking notes!!! :) I definitely plan to make another batch sooner rather than later, I was craving them last night :) these may end up being a staple in my home lol :D !

  • http://www.aidanbrooks.blogspot.com Trig

    Btw, Scottish chef Nick Nairn made the traditional dish cranachan on the TV chefs competition “Great British Menu” last week (note the word “British”) and his efforts were judged by one of the panelists as “the worst dessert I have ever tasted”. So maybe you should skip that one.

  • http://www.aidanbrooks.blogspot.com Trig

    Btw, Scottish chef Nick Nairn made the traditional dish cranachan on the TV chefs competition “Great British Menu” last week (note the word “British”) and his efforts were judged by one of the panelists as “the worst dessert I have ever tasted”. So maybe you should skip that one.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      aiaiai but it looks so yummy :cry: Maybe I should have someone make it for me instead :P

      British English … it’ll become second nature eventually :P

      Btw if you click ‘Reply to this comment’ at the comment you want to reply to (instead of using the box at the bottom) it keeps the replies nicely organized :D

  • http://www.aidanbrooks.blogspot.com Trig

    Btw, Scottish chef Nick Nairn made the traditional dish cranachan on the TV chefs competition “Great British Menu” last week (note the word “British”) and his efforts were judged by one of the panelists as “the worst dessert I have ever tasted”. So maybe you should skip that one.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      aiaiai but it looks so yummy :cry: Maybe I should have someone make it for me instead :P

      British <> English … it’ll become second nature eventually :P

      Btw if you click ‘Reply to this comment’ at the comment you want to reply to (instead of using the box at the bottom) it keeps the replies nicely organized :D

  • Bibo

    Oh dear, where do I start? Britain is made up of 4 countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – none of these countries ARE Britain, they are part of Britain; not ALL Scottish people are lovely – that would be like saying ALL Americans are stupid; yes oatcakes are ok, but why are you all getting so excited about them? You complain that British/English food is dull and then get excited about OATCAKES! Plus, a ‘Balti’ is a type of curry, not an umbrella term for all curries. I don’t like to judge people by stereotypes, but come on guys, you’re not doing anything to help yours..

  • Bibo

    Oh dear, where do I start? Britain is made up of 4 countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – none of these countries ARE Britain, they are part of Britain; not ALL Scottish people are lovely – that would be like saying ALL Americans are stupid; yes oatcakes are ok, but why are you all getting so excited about them? You complain that British/English food is dull and then get excited about OATCAKES! Plus, a ‘Balti’ is a type of curry, not an umbrella term for all curries. I don’t like to judge people by stereotypes, but come on guys, you’re not doing anything to help yours..

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Bibo – Thanks for the passionate comment, lol. FYI many of the comments you appear to be referring to were made by British people and people living in England, so you should maybe reassess your own assumptions and ‘stereotypes’of who us ‘guys’are.

    You’ll forgive me for not being familiar (over a year ago) with the nuances re: Britain vs. the UK vs. England. It’s a common error (by many nationalities) and I’m sure there are many parts of the world that you are not well versed on as well. The terms are used rather interchangeably where I am, just as Yankee is often a term for Americans across the board, but only applies to the Northern states when used by Americans themselves. Not sure what has bothered you so much though and why you have decided to bring up stereotypes as some kind of trump card. No one said that ALL Scottish people were lovely :lol:, am I supposed to be offended if someone comes to my country and remarks on the warmth of the people they meet? Should I then go out of my way to introduce them to some grumps, liars and #$@holes to show them they are wrong? Ha! And yes I like oatcakes, I like them a lot. I’m not sure why I should justify that or what dish you think I should get more excited about. Feel free to recommend.

    Re: baltis and stereotypes. I am more than aware that baltis are a type of curry, and not a term for all curries :lol: That’s a hilarious thing to tell a Trinidadian. Trust me I’ve had more than enough of the former, and many many varieties of the latter. In fact today is Eid and I’ll be having more than my fair share of curried foods during the course of the day. I have no idea what stereotypes you are referring to, I’ve met my fair share of them in my travels and have found that they are a foolish thing to try to dispel. It’s not my job to ‘help’ you with any preconceived notions you decide to carry about me or anyone else, one either meets people as people or doesn’t. That responsibility lies 100% with you.

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Bibo – Thanks for the passionate comment, lol. FYI many of the comments you appear to be referring to were made by British people and people living in England, so you should maybe reassess your own assumptions and ‘stereotypes’of who us ‘guys’are.

    You’ll forgive me for not being familiar (over a year ago) with the nuances re: Britain vs. the UK vs. England. It’s a common error (by many nationalities) and I’m sure there are many parts of the world that you are not well versed on as well. The terms are used rather interchangeably where I am, just as Yankee is often a term for Americans across the board, but only applies to the Northern states when used by Americans themselves. Not sure what has bothered you so much though and why you have decided to bring up stereotypes as some kind of trump card. No one said that ALL Scottish people were lovely :lol:, am I supposed to be offended if someone comes to my country and remarks on the warmth of the people they meet? Should I then go out of my way to introduce them to some grumps, liars and #$@holes to show them they are wrong? Ha! And yes I like oatcakes, I like them a lot. I’m not sure why I should justify that or what dish you think I should get more excited about. Feel free to recommend.

    Re: baltis and stereotypes. I am more than aware that baltis are a type of curry, and not a term for all curries :lol: That’s a hilarious thing to tell a Trinidadian. Trust me I’ve had more than enough of the former, and many many varieties of the latter. In fact today is Eid and I’ll be having more than my fair share of curried foods during the course of the day. I have no idea what stereotypes you are referring to, I’ve met my fair share of them in my travels and have found that they are a foolish thing to try to dispel. It’s not my job to ‘help’ you with any preconceived notions you decide to carry about me or anyone else, one either meets people as people or doesn’t. That responsibility lies 100% with you.

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Bibo – Thanks for the passionate comment, lol. FYI many of the comments you appear to be referring to were made by British people and people living in England, so you should maybe reassess your own assumptions and ‘stereotypes’of who us ‘guys’are.

    You’ll forgive me for not being familiar (over a year ago) with the nuances re: Britain vs. the UK vs. England. It’s a common error (by many nationalities) and I’m sure there are many parts of the world that you are not well versed on as well. The terms are used rather interchangeably where I am, just as Yankee is often a term for Americans across the board, but only applies to the Northern states when used by Americans themselves. Not sure what has bothered you so much though and why you have decided to bring up stereotypes as some kind of trump card. No one said that ALL Scottish people were lovely :lol:, am I supposed to be offended if someone comes to my country and remarks on the warmth of the people they meet? Should I then go out of my way to introduce them to some grumps, liars and #$@holes to show them they are wrong? Ha! And yes I like oatcakes, I like them a lot. I’m not sure why I should justify that or what dish you think I should get more excited about. Feel free to recommend.

    Re: baltis and stereotypes. I am more than aware that baltis are a type of curry, and not a term for all curries :lol: That’s a hilarious thing to tell a Trinidadian. Trust me I’ve had more than enough of the former, and many many varieties of the latter. In fact today is Eid and I’ll be having more than my fair share of curried foods during the course of the day. I have no idea what stereotypes you are referring to, I’ve met my fair share of them in my travels and have found that they are a foolish thing to try to dispel. It’s not my job to ‘help’ you with any preconceived notions you decide to carry about me or anyone else, one either meets people as people or doesn’t. That responsibility lies 100% with you.

  • http://chennette.net Chennette

    don’t you love when people visit your blog with their baggage and decide to educate you not having a clue about you?
    where to start indeed :-)

  • http://chennette.net Chennette

    don’t you love when people visit your blog with their baggage and decide to educate you not having a clue about you?
    where to start indeed :-)

  • http://chennette.net Chennette

    don’t you love when people visit your blog with their baggage and decide to educate you not having a clue about you?
    where to start indeed :-)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Chennette – :lol: indeed

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Chennette – :lol: indeed

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Chennette – :lol: indeed

  • Kim

    Hi Sarina
    I came to your site through the Becks and Posh blog on English food, wanting recipes for digestive or oatmeal biscuits (without sugar).
    Not only did I find a good recipe, well illustrated (thanks), but a very reasoned response to a very snobby comment, “Oh dear, where do I start? …”, by a very arrogant Bibo.
    Congratulations.
    I would not have been anywhere near as generous as you were.
    Best wishes

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Thanks a lot for the supportive words, Kim :) Much appreciated! Hope you’ll be back :)

  • Kim

    Hi Sarina
    I came to your site through the Becks and Posh blog on English food, wanting recipes for digestive or oatmeal biscuits (without sugar).
    Not only did I find a good recipe, well illustrated (thanks), but a very reasoned response to a very snobby comment, “Oh dear, where do I start? …”, by a very arrogant Bibo.
    Congratulations.
    I would not have been anywhere near as generous as you were.
    Best wishes

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Thanks a lot for the supportive words, Kim :) Much appreciated! Hope you’ll be back :)

  • Julie

    Hi! I came upon this site looking for different whole grain ideas for healthier eating, as I think alot of others have too. Thanks for the recipe! It helps to have recipes you haven’t heard of before to make it less boring when you’re on a certain diet. That’s why OATCAKES!!! THanks!!!

  • Julie

    Hi! I came upon this site looking for different whole grain ideas for healthier eating, as I think alot of others have too. Thanks for the recipe! It helps to have recipes you haven’t heard of before to make it less boring when you’re on a certain diet. That’s why OATCAKES!!! THanks!!!


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