Frugal and nice with anything (and on their own). I’m a purest with the humble oatcake. I love ’em with a nice lump of local cheese or even with a little of Janes Mum’s Marmalade, they are versatile and an ever-present in our ‘Oat Cake’ tin.
The Oatcake originated in Scotland, where historically they were the only grain that grew up there on the wild northern part. Oats are really healthy and I would say that they are a ‘superfood’ for sure. My Dad used to say that porridge put hairs on your chest, but it didn’t work for me (and thankfully, my sister!).
Of course these crunchy delights can be meddled with, but the toasted oat flavour is enough for me (but sometimes I do add a handful of toasted sunflower seeds).
For people who are looking to eat less gluten. If you make them thicker and add a tsp of baking soda, bake them for a little longer, you have a substantial substitute to bread.
This is as simple as it gets. Rough oatcakes are best, so the rougher you are here, the tastier the cake. It’s basically porridge, flat and baked:
A quantity of medium oats (judge by eye how many you’d like to make, 1 cup will make around 5 nicely sized oatcakes).
In a bowl, add half cold filtered water and half boiling out of the kettle (stir until a thick paste is formed)
A decent swig of olive oil
A nice pinch of nice salt and a good few twists of cracked pepper.
Traditionally, I believe a heavy skillet was used to make these. I’ve tried it out and its a lot easier to whack them in the oven (we always try to bake a few things at a time, not to waste all that heat).
Preheat oven to 1800C.
Handle the oatmeal paste like dough, with some spare oats as your flour being used for dusting the surface and the dough. If done properly, not much should stick to your fingers. I flip them over a few times on an ‘oated’ plate and fashion a roundish shape with my fingers (for neat ones, use a round cutter), then place them on a lightly oiled tray. The oatcakes should have a rough look and texture.
Bake for 20 minutes, then turn them and bake for a further 10 minutes.
Leave to cool on a wire tray.
Anything you fancy. They are a great substitute for bread, we eat them with soup for example. But for me, they are the finest accompaniment to a strong flavoured cheese, like a Welsh ‘black bomber’ cheddar or a Stilton (long clawson is the finest).
We Love It
They remind me of my Scottish roots (as does my ginger beard!), I lived in Glasgow for years and have fond memories of persistent drizzle and good whiskey.
Oats contain Beta-glucan, which slows the release of carbohydrates into the bloodstream, lowering the chances of any dramatic changes in blood sugar levels. It’s also packed full of fibre. Excellent roughage. Oats hang around in the stomach, making you less hungry, probably leading to losing a little weight. They also help to ease hyper tension or high blood pressure. You see. ‘Superfood’!!!