Have you seen the cost of Oatcakes these days? Ever thought of trying to make them? Well actually they are really simple and you can make them from cheap and natural ingredients. Learn the recipe from the MeanyGoat, make oatcakes and maybe give the biscuits a miss for a change!
Oatcakes formed part of the traditional Scottish diet until recently since oats were one of the few crops that could be grown reliably in the Scottish climate. Traditionally they were cooked on a “griddle” of hot metal plate over an open fire, but they can equally be baked in a standard oven. There are many recipes and many variations ranging from chewy or dry to sweet or sour depending on the exact ingredients and the cooking methods. Modern oatcakes tend to have added sugar and typically contain around 100 calories each so you don’t want to eat too many.
Oatcakes were traditionally used to replace bread and were eaten with most meals. The modern versions tend to be treated as cheese biscuits. If you make oatcakes then you can use them as a great alternative to normal biscuits or cheese biscuits….they really are a healthy alternative snack with a frugal twist since they cost next to nothing to make! The full history of oatcakes can be found here in the Wikipedia.
The MeanyGoat Oatcake Recipe:
You can vary the ingredients and the method to create your own favorite kind of oatcake….but here is the basic recipe:
120g Oatmeal – choose fine, course or a mixture of the two
60g of Brown Flour – again, any kind you like
60g of Butter – Use proper butter not that slimy margarine
About 10 Tablespoons of either water or milk depending on choice
1 Teaspoon of Salt
1 Teaspoon of Honey if you want them sweet
1 Spoon of small seeds like linseed, poppy or nigella
You can make oatcakes quickly….but the first time you will end up in a sticky mess! Don’t worry this is normal!!
Put all the ingredients apart from the liquid into a mixing bowl
Rub the butter into the mixture
Start to add the water or milk and stir in with a wooden spoon
Kneed the dough with your hands until you can form it into a smooth ball
Add more water if it is too dry or more oatmeal if it is too wet
Wrap in clingfilm or put in a covered bowl and leave int he fridge for an hour or so
Kneed the dough again to soften it up
Divide it into two pieces and start to roll out one of them with a rolling pin dusted in flour
You will find that the edges tend to crack…this is normal…just concentrate on making the main part thin and smooth
Cut out small circles using a pastry cutter or upside down wine glass…I like small ones about 4 or 5cm in diameter
Lay them out on a baking tray dusted in flour…..dust the top of the oatcakes with flour if you like
Cook in a hot oven (180 to 200C) for 15 minutes or so
Take care to not overcook, take them out and lay on a cake rack until cool
Store in a sealed plastic lunchbox
ThisYoutube Video shows you how to make the dough….it uses a slightly different recipe with lard (yuk!) but the idea is just the same and if you make oatcakes then you need to learn how to deal with the sticky dough…Try to make them even thinner than in the video and cook until they are just turning color….if they go brown then they are overcooked!
And this is the MeanyGoat video showing you how to Make Oatcakes!
Make Oatcakes and you will never want to buy them again! Eat them straight from the oven for a real treat...
Learn to make oatcakes and use them as a snack between meals in order to help you stop eating sweets or biscuits. If you make oatcakes rather than buying biscuits then you will also save money since they only cost a few cents a batch. Try to do all your baking at the same time in order to save electricity or alternatively have the oatcakes ready to pop in the oven after you have cooked something else.
Frugal Tip from the MeanyGoat: Learn to make oatcakes and you will have a whole load of fun as well as find that you save money and eat a more healthy diet.