oat cakes

Oat cakes

Oat cakes

Serves: 20 biscuits

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 20 minutes plus 20 minutes baking

Burns night is coming up and it’s ‘Scot’s fortnight’ at school/nursery so as well as singing lots of scots songs, learning some Scottish dancing, the kids wanted to try and bake something Scottish. We’ve made Scottish shortbread before so oat cakes seemed the obvious choice as we always have them in the house for snacks anyway.

Oat cakes are really simple to make and a great bake for kids. They get to get their hands messy and for once, it’s nice to bake something that doesn’t contain any sugar!

Lots of recipes include either baking powder or bicarbonate of soda. We had the baking powder out to add it to ours but forgot and it didn’t seem to make any difference so i’ve left it off the ingredients list. If you want to add it, try 1 tsp, but it’s not essential as oat cakes don’t really need to rise in the oven.

Ingredients

75g butter
100g plain flour
½ tsp salt
225g oats
Water

Method

Preheat your oven to 190C/180C Fan / 350 F and grease or line a few baking trays.

Rub in the butter and flour.

Get your kids to measure the flour and add it to a large mixing bowl. Measure the butter and give your kids a butter knife to cut it into small pieces before adding that to your bowl.

Using fingertips, rub the butter and flour together until your mixture looks like breadcrumbs. While your kids are doing that, add the salt to the mixture.

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Add the oats.

Measure the oats into a small bowl. If you want a coarser oat cake you can add them to your mixing bowl straight away. If, like us, you like your oat cakes to be a bit finer use a small mixer to blast the oats to a finer consistency before adding them to your bowl. We did half our oats to a fine powder, and the other half a little less to there was still some bite.

Add some water to your mixing bowl and, using your hands, bring the mixture together into a ball. You’ll need roughly between 60ml and 90ml. Don’t add so much that your dough becomes sticky. We had to work the dough a little bit to make it come together into a ball.

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Bake the oat cakes

Get your kids to roll the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface until it is around 3mm thick. Cut out the oat cakes using a round cutter. You can choose the size you like, but we used one that was roughly 7cm.

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Bake the oat cakes in the oven for 15-20 minutes. They’re ready when they’re starting to turn slightly brown and aren’t soft any more.

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Remove from the oven and leave to cool for a few minutes. Put them on the wire rack to cool completely.

The oat cakes will keep for a few days in an airtight container.

oat cakes

Oat cakes

Oat cakes are really simple to make and a great bake for kids. They get to get their hands messy and, it's nice to bake something that's a bit healthy!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: scottish
Keyword: biscuit, healthy
Author: cookingwithmykids

Ingredients

  • 75 g butter
  • 100 g plain flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 225 g oats
  • Water

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 190C/180C Fan / 350 F and grease or line a few baking trays.

    Rub in the butter and flour.

    • Measure the flour and add it to a large mixing bowl. Measure the butter and give your kids a butter knife to cut it into small pieces before adding that to your bowl.
    • Using fingertips, rub the butter and flour together until your mixture looks like breadcrumbs. While your kids are doing that, add the salt to the mixture.

    Add the oats.

    • Measure the oats into a small bowl. If you want a coarser oat cake you can add them to your mixing bowl straight away. If, like us, you like your oat cakes to be a bit finer use a small mixer to blast the oats to a finer consistency before adding them to your bowl. We did half our oats to a fine powder, and the other half a little less to there was still some bite.
    • Add some water to your mixing bowl and, using your hands, bring the mixture together into a ball. You'll need roughly between 60ml and 90ml. Don't add so much that your dough becomes sticky. We had to work the dough a little bit to make it come together into a ball.

    Bake the oat cakes

    • Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface until it is around 3mm thick. Cut out the oat cakes using a round cutter. You can choose the size you like, but we used one that was roughly 7cm.
    • Bake the oat cakes in the oven for 15-20 minutes. They're ready when they're starting to turn slightly brown and aren't soft any more.
    • Remove from the oven and leave to cool for a few minutes. Put them on the wire rack to cool completely.

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