I fancied some oat cakes recently, I have no idea why, I haven’t had an oat cake for years, but sometimes something just takes your fancy doesn’t it?
So I decided to look up some recipes and see how to make them myself. There’s many recipes if you search for them, all with their slight variations; I read a few, got the basic idea, and devised my own plan.
I have continued foraging for wild garlic this week, in particular for the flowers; the plants are now flowering like mad and I think they’re so very pretty, as well as being tasty. I’ve collected them to use raw in and over dishes, and I’ve dried some in the oven for other experiments, so when I was pondering oat cakes, wild garlic was still very much on my mind.
For the first batch I made, above and below, I added crumbled, dried wild garlic flowers to the oat dough, as well as pressing dried flowers into some of them.
In the second batch, below, I added some dried and crumbled wild garlic leaves and added some non dried flowers instead to see how they would fare..
I also made a version with added sesame and pumpkins seeds, which worked well too, just not as pretty 😉
So whether you fancy some plain or pimped, here’s the recipe I used:
200g oats (I’ve used thick Scottish oats)
1/2 – 1 tsp salt to taste
50ml olive/rapeseed oil
A few tablespoons of boiling water
Preheat your oven to 160C fan, 180C.
Line 1 large or 2 medium baking trays with baking parchment.
Put 100g of the oats into a mixing bowl, and the other 100g into a blender and run it to make a fine oat flour.
Add the oat flour & salt to the whole oats and add any extra ingredients that you want to add: a handful of seeds, some herbs, spices, chopped nuts…the possibilities are endless.
Drizzle over the oil.
Add 2-3 tablespoons of hot water and start to mix it all into a dough, add extra water as necessary to bring it into a usable dough.
Generously flour your work surface and roll the dough out to about 3mm thick.
*This is the point at which I pressed the flowers into the oat cakes.
Cut out the oat cakes with cookie cutters, I used 6cm and 8cm diameter ones.
Use a palette knife or fish slice to lift the cut rounds onto the parchment paper.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, turning once halfway through.
*The time required to bake them may change depending on how much water you’ve added and what additional ingredients you’ve included.
Assess the oat cakes yourself to ensure they are as cooked and crunchy as you want them to be.
Allow them to cool to harden further.
Enjoy them on their own or adorned with whatever topping you like.
Store them in an airtight container. Mine softened after a couple of days but they were still good and the wild garlic flavour worked well.
My weekend brunch.
I hope you have fun with some oats cakes!