Sunday 11 December 2016


Not all baking is glamorous, but it's great to be able to whip up some practical snacks. I decided to give these a go simply as I'd forgotten to buy some at the supermarket. I've had a tough weekend on the bike (racing on Saturday, and a long solo ride in cold weather on the Sunday), so some savoury snacks for a Sunday afternoon is always welcome.

These are pretty simple to make, and the end result tastes like...well, oatcakes. I really like them with soft cheese (Philadelphia), or if I'm feeling particularly slobbish, Nutella.

Oatcakes - Recipe (makes ~24, based on cutter size)

  • Pre-heat oven to 180'C
  • Line a large baking sheet with baking parchment


  • 225g rolled oats
  • 60g plain flour
  • ½tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1tsp salt
  • ½tsp caster sugar
  • 60g butter
  • ~70ml hot water (just boiled kettle)
1) Put the oats, flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl, and stir together

2) Rub the butter into the dry ingredients until you have chunky breadcrumbs

3) Pour in the hot water, and mix together until you have a firm dough (it's better to add less water, then more if you need it)

4) On a floured surface, roll the dough out to 5mm thickness (I used batons)

5) Cut out circles using a ~2 inch diameter cutter, re-rolling the trimmings. You should get 24-25 biscuits

6) Arrange the biscuits on the baking tray (they don't spread much, so you can get them close together)

7) Bake in the oven for 24-25 minutes

8) Remove to a wire rack to cool