Although oatcakes are more of a Scottish thing, they were brought to Canada by Scottish immigrants and seemed to have found a home in most parts of Nova Scotia. If you head into pretty much any coffee shop or bakery in Nova Scotia you can still still find these humble little morsels in amongst all the other various cookies and scones. Even though I’ve spent many summers in Nova Scotia over the years, I’ve never had the pleasure of trying an “authentic” oatcake, but with a traditional recipe in hand, I figured I could put my own vegan spin on things.
Somewhat of a cross between a cookie and a scone, oatcakes are lightly sweetened and slightly flaky. They might seem kind of plain on their own but they’re super good with a bit of jam or warmed with a little margarine. I made these up early Saturday morning for breakfast then brought a box along with me to the dentist to share with the oral hygienists…because that’s just the kind of gal I am….I encourage the people who clean my teeth, to rot theirs 😉
Nova Scotia Oatcakes
Makes 8 cakes
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups rolled quick oats
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 cup non-dairy margarine or shortening, chilled
- 1/2 cup cold water
In a medium bowl or food processor, mix together all the dry ingredients except for the oats. Using the food processor, pastry blender, or two knives, cut in the margarine or shortening until the mixture resembles large crumbs.
If using the food processor, place the ingredients in a bowl and mix in the oats. Mix in the water until a rough dough forms.
Roll out to about a ½” thick, then sprinkle with some additional rolled oats.
Cut into 3” squares and bake on ungreased baking sheet at 400F for 15 to 18 minutes or until light brown around edges.
Adapted from Quilt Canada.