Fresh oatcakes are something really special. When you take them from the oven they have a nutty aroma – something the pre-packaged ones never have. Once cooled oatcakes form crisp, yet crumbly platforms on which you can serve slithers of cheese or spread with dips or pâté.
If you have a sensitive gut you should be able to manage three oatcakes for lunch.
Using a mix of fine and medium oatmeal makes for a lovely firm texture but if you only have fine oatmeal that will do just as well but the texture will be slightly smoother.
Preparation time 10 minutes
Cooking time 20 minutes
- 150 g/ 5 oz fine oatmeal
- 50 g/ 2 oz medium oat meal
- ¾ tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 20 g/ ¾ oz unsalted butter
- 100 ml/ 4 fl oz hot water from a just boiled kettle
- additional fine oatmeal for rolling
Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4
Combine the oatmeal, salt and baking powder in a bowl and then rub in the butter until there are no lumps left (use a food processor for this stage if you have one). Add enough hot water to form a soft ball of dough.
Sprinkle a work surface with a little oatmeal and press the soft ball of dough with your hand to flatten it slightly.
Sprinkle some fine oatmeal on a work surface and roll the dough to a rectangle 5 mm/ ¼ in thick. The dough may be a bit crumbly around the edges but don’t worry. Just gather any crumbs together and add a drop more water and roll out again.
Cut out circles of dough using a 6 cm/2 ½ in cutter. Lift each oatcake carefully with a spatula or palette knife and place it on a baking tray lined with non stick baking paper.
Place the baking tray in the oven and bake the oatcakes for 15 – 20 minutes or until they are tinged with a little brown around the edges. Remove the baking tray from the oven and carefully transfer the oatcakes to a cooling rack. Oatcakes keep well for a week in an airtight container.
You can vary this recipe by
- adding a tablespoon of poppy seeds, sesame seeds, fennel seeds or grated cheese to the dough before rolling out.
If you need help managing your sensitive gut you will find more help at the IBS Network.