Traditional Scottish Oatcakes Recipe

Home Made Scottish Oatcakes. Getty
Ratings (68)
  • Total: 45 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: Makes 12 (12 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
12 Calories
1g Fat
1g Carbs
1g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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.


  • 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

Steps 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.

  4. Roll each ball into roughly  ¼"/ ½cm thick disc, then cut into quarters.

  5. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake for 30 mins in the oven or until brown at the edges.

  6. Alternatively, the oatcakes can be cooked in a hot frying pan, 3 mins on each side.