Traditional Scottish Oatcakes Recipe

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Ratings (69)
  • 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
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Makes 12 (12 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 12
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 99mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 1g
Calcium 1mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(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.