Oatcakes Recipe

Sydney Oland

Though these oat-based yeast pancakes may appear lacy and delicate, they're actually quite satisfying and substantial. They're traditionally stuffed with savory ingredient like eggs, sausage, and ham, but they can also be loaded with syrup and filled with jam. Originally made popular in the North Staffordshire area of England, these cakes were once sold from kitchen windows to passersby on the street as fast food. Although increasingly uncommon, there are still manufactures that make and distribute oat pancakes to larger chains and supermarkets.

If you're serving these pancakes as a hearty breakfast or lunch, I suggest filling them with softly cooked apples and bits of sausage. For a light supper, top them with something rich; I like to throw in sautéed mushrooms cooked in butter.

Recipe Details

Oatcakes Recipe

Active 40 mins
Total 100 mins
Serves 10 cakes


  • 1 cup (about 5 ounces) all-purpose flour

  • 3/4 cups oats

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • Pinch salt

  • 1 packet rapid-rise yeast

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • Optional fillings: bacon, sautéed mushrooms, leftover roast, maple syrup, sautéed apples


  1. In a large bowl whisk together flour, oats, sugar, salt, and yeast. Whisk in 2 cups warm water. Cover with a large towel and let sit until mixture is bubbly, about 1 hour.

  2. Whisk baking soda and baking powder into batter. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add batter to the pan by the 1/4 cup (you will have to work in batches). Cook until bubbles form on the top of the oatcake, about 2 minutes, then flip and cook until the under side is brown, about 1 more minute. Repeat until batter is gone, then serve immediately with any of the additional toppings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
123 Calories
5g Fat
17g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10
Amount per serving
Calories 123
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 190mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 34mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 47mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)