Basic Oatcakes

    30 minutes

    These basic and versatile oatcakes are easy to make and can be enjoyed as a snack, with meat or vegetable dishes, or just simply with a little honey for breakfast.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 85g margarine
    • 110g plain flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 225g oats
    • cold water, to bind dough

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C. Grease a baking tray or line with baking paper.
    2. In a large bowl rub the margarine into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the salt, baking powder and then the oats. Add enough cold water to bind the dough, but do not add so much as to make it sticky.
    3. Turn the oatcake dough out onto a floured surface and roll out. Cut into discs and place on the prepared baking tray.
    4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until firm.


    Oatcakes are best made with medium oatmeal, which refers to the grade of oats ranging from very fine through to the rougher coarser variety.
    Traditional Scottish oatcakes are usually made with lard or dripping for extra flavour. Feel free to substitute with the margarine for a richer flavour and texture.

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    I used this as a base recipe for making fruit bars, just added loads of dried fruit and apricots at the same time as the oats and cut the dough into squares - just shows you don't need to add refined sugar to get a yummy result. All the oats and fruit make these biscuits/bars very appetising. Need to ensure you add enough cold water to bind the dough properly though otherwise they can end up too crumbly. Thank you for a great recipe!  -  10 Apr 2015  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    Thanks for posting this Jean. It's my first attempt at making oatcakes and I was surprised at how quick, simple and tasty they were.  -  27 Sep 2014  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    I've made 2 batches now & added parmesan cheese to the second. Delicious!  -  03 Jan 2015  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)