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I don't know what I was thinking. I promised my 13-year-old daughter that a big part of our trip to Scotland would be visiting tearooms and sampling the baked goods. Then, I said, we'd get the recipes for our favorite ... Read more

Total time: 35 minutes | Makes 24 (2-inch) oatcakes
  • 2 1/2 cups oatmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup mixed shortening and margarine
  • 3/4 cup boiling water

Step 1Mix oatmeal, salt, soda and flour in bowl.

Step 2Melt shortening and margarine and stir into dry ingredients. Mix with spatula, adding boiling water to make soft dough. Dough will be quite wet.

Step 3Turn onto board lined with wax paper and sprinkled with oatmeal. Roll out thinly and cut into triangles or circles.

Step 4Bake on ungreased baking sheets above center of 425-degree oven until golden, about 15 minutes.

Note: In Scotland, oatcakes come in all shapes, sizes and textures. Clive Ramsay stocks a half-dozen locally made varieties. My husband and I now enjoy them at breakfast.
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