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Friday, June 8, 2012

Homemade Oatcakes

Yummy little handmade oatcakes with marmalade from my friend Kylie's wedding
 and cheese from my brother in law Chris. It's a family affair!
So I am part of a twitter group that does monthly 'lunch' dates, in which we pick a theme and all cook on it. I missed last month's due to some terrible planning and general life-panicking. This month's theme is 'Father's Day'. This got me thinking that I don't have a lot of foods I can cook that are related to my Dad or remind me of my Dad. Part of it is that I really only started cooking once I left for college. The other part of it is that my Dad doesn't cook all that much, although he'll probably deny it.

He used to take me for Chinese food when I was little and we both love Thai food and the Bloor Street Diner. However, we don't really cook together and shockingly - and likely much to my father's chagrin, I've never really cooked a big fancy meal for him. Much to MY chagrin he is in possession of very nice kitchen tools and pots which I think are underloved.

me and my pa
Yet there is one nibbley that does actually remind me of my dad, although it's a humble and basic.

The one food I can truly identify with my Dad is oat cakes. Ye olden Scottish oat cakes. I guess it's a British thing - or a Scottish thing more specifically - but my Dad LOVES oatcakes. You know the brand - Walker's Oatcakes in the plaid-y little box that costs way too much money? Yup. My dad used to bring me those as a treat, covered in honey or brie and raspberry jam. I could eat these snacks everyday. So without further ado, here is the easiest and most basic oatcake recipe you'll ever find.

2 cups of whole grain oats, pulverized in your food processor
1.5 tbsp melted butter
1 cup of boiling water/just boiled water
a pinch of salt
a pinch of sugar
a pinch of flour to flour your rolling surface

other things you will need:
a food processor to pulverize your oats into a powder
a baking tray greased or with parchment paper-ed
a rolling pin
a mixing bowl
a cookie cutter/mason jar ring to use as a cookie cutter

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. 
  2. After you've pulverized your oats, mix them with your butter and rub them all together until they're combined. You can easily make these dairy-free/vegan by using oil or vegetable shortening instead of butter. Alternately you could use duck confit or bacon grease to up your game considerably. 
  3. Slowly add water, stirring until your oat-mix resembles a dough. You will likely not use all your water. 
  4. On your floured surface roll your dough out until it's about 2-3 mm thick and cut little circles and lay them out on your baking tray. 
  5. Bake for 25 minutes. Flip over upside down and allow to cool. Enjoy with jam, marmalade, cheese, and your Dad!


  1. Your dad is a remarkably handsome man...reminds me of a Canadian George Clooney. I can see where you get your beauty genes from. :)

    1. If your dad likes oatcakes then he is undoubtedly "humble and basic" too.

  2. Humble, basic, AND handsome. It's hard to live up to.

  3. YAY - you made it - your 'virgin' post, so to speak, and how appropriate since I'm sure dad wants to think of you that way ;-)

  4. Haha thank you! I'm so excited for BBQ - I have no idea what to make yet.. too many possibilities!