Saturday, January 15, 2005


4 ounces medium oatmeal
2 teaspoons melted bacon fat
2 pinches bicarbonate of soda
pinch of salt
3/4 tablespoons hot water
additional oatmeal for kneading

Mix the oatmeal, salt, and bicarbonate of soda and pour the melted fat into the center of the mixture. Stir well and add enough water to make a thick paste. Cover a surface in oatmeal and turn the mixture onto this. Work quickly, as the paste is difficult to work if it cools. Divide into two and roll one half into a ball and knead with hands covered in oatmeal to stop it sticking. Roll out to a quarter inch thick. Put a plate which is slightly smaller than the size of your pan over the flattened mixture and cut round to leave a circular oatcake. Cut into quarters and place in a heated pan which has been lightly greased. Cook for about 3 minutes until the edges curl slightly, turn and cook the other side. Get ready with another oatcake which the first is being cooked.

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