Traditional Scottish Oatcakes Recipe

Home Made Scottish Oatcakes. Getty
  • 45 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: Makes 12 (12 servings)
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Oatcakes are to Scotland what a baguette is to the French. The flat cakes made mainly from oats have for centuries been considered the Scottish national bread. They are quick and easy to make and make a delicious snack or accompaniment to cheese.

What You'll Need

  • 4oz /125g medium oatmeal (plus extra for kneading)
  • 1/2 tsp. bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 tsps. fat (goose or bacon, melted)
  • 1 tbsp. hot water

How to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F/190C/Gas5
  2. In a large bowl mix together the oatmeal, salt, and bicarbonate of soda. Then drizzle in the melted fat and stir vigorously to a thick paste, add the hot water and mix again. 
  3. Cut the paste into two small balls, sprinkle a work surface with oatmeal and roll each ball on the surface to coat and to prevent sticking. Knead each ball for a few minutes until the mixture starts to dry slightly and stops sticking to the surface. Add a little more oatmeal as required but use sparingly, you do not want the cakes to become too dry.
  1. Roll each ball into roughly  ¼"/ ½cm thick disc, then cut into quarters.
  2. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake for 30 mins in the oven or until brown at the edges.
  3. Alternatively, the oatcakes can be cooked in a hot frying pan, 3 mins on each side.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 12
Total Fat 1 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Unsaturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 1 mg
Sodium 99 mg
Carbohydrates 1 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Protein 1 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)