Oatcakes Recipe

British Bites

Classic british dishes updated for the modern American cook.

Oatcakes Recipe
  • Yield:Makes 10 cakes
  • Active time: 40 minutes
  • Total time:1 hour 40 minutes


  • 1 cup (about 5 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups oats
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Pinch of 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. 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. 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.