Friday, 12 October 2012

Home-made Oatcakes

I've always loved a packet of Walker's Oatcakes at Christmas time, with lots of butter and a lump of cheese they make a lovely savoury snack.

For the very first time I made my own yesterday and was very pleased with the result...with the slightest hint of honey they work well as a sweet or savoury snack and anything based on oats is a good thing as they help with diabetes and high cholesterol...*

You'll need
225 rolled oats or medium oatmeal...I blitzed the oats in the food processor to a medium-coarse texture and then added

50gms each of plain wholemeal and white flours
1/2 teaspoon each of bicarb and baking powder then

70gms of soft butter
1 tablespoon of runny honey
milk to bind

I tipped it out onto the bench-top and gave it a gentle was quite crumbly so I rolled it between 2 sheets of baking paper.
Roll it very thin, around 1/8th of an inch and then cut out your rounds or just cut it into squares.
Bake on a greased tray at 180-190C for about 15 minutes, just until lightly browned.

* I loved reading this!

On Wednesday I also went to visit Mum and Dad and ended up taking Mum to the shops for her milk and ham etc for the golf club. I was bemoaning the cost of tomatoes at the moment, around $10 per kilo, when Mum grabbed a beautiful bunch of trussed tomatoes, that actually do smell like tomatoes, and announced she would treat me! lol Better than chocolates I do believe! She also bought us a pack of salmon fillets and gave us 2 dozen hen and duck eggs from her neighbour, Steve. Then I found the "sad shelf" of meat products...everything was greatly reduced but I restrained myself and just bought an organic chook for half price! The crusty bread boxes are gluten free bread mix with no nasty additives, $1.20 each was great!

My goodies...

After putting the shopping away I put these butter/lima beans to soak for 24 hours, they only needed a minute in the pressure cooker to cook the following day and are now bagged and ready in the freezer to be added to soups/stews and salads...

So I didn't buy anything except food this week and we've eaten very well. I'll make some lentil soup for lunches today and an egg based dish for our dinner tonight. How are you going in the spending/shopping area, have you managed to avoid the temptation to splurge on something you don't really need?

Have a wonderful weekend,
Love to you all,


  1. Oh yum those oat cakes look yummo!
    Do you think using porridge quick oats would do just the same??

  2. Hi Becci...I'm not sure but have a go at processing some to get a coarse flour, I had to go to Wiki to see what the difference is and it seems quick cooking oats have been ground finer anyway...does that sound right?

  3. Might give these a try too Sue - love the look of them!

    I always look at the reduced meat shelf in the supermarket! Yesterday I got 2 huge turkey drumsticks for $5. They will cook up nicely in the slow cooker one day next week.

    I stick to my shopping list like glue in the supermarket and I am getting by on much less these days - gives me some money left over at the end of the pay week to tuck away in my little savings jar!

  4. Your oat cakes look delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe. How kind of your mother to purchase tomatoes and gift you with eggs. What a treat! Lentil soup sounds good and is on my calendar for next week! :)

  5. Hey Sue
    There is a little something for you over at my blog
    Becci xx

  6. Those Oatcakes look great. Good on you for being so frugal.

  7. Oak cakes, you know, I just cannot like them, even though I want to very much. I live everything in them, but the end result does not make my heart sing, or even mumble.

    Maybe my mistake is trying to eat them plainly, and I should try loading them up with other stuff. Lots of stuff. Butter, jam, cheese, more jam, whipped cream and cherries on top. Or, just all that stuff and ditch the oat cakes and have angel food cake.