Give your Christmas presents the personal touch by making homemade oatcakes for loved ones – wrap them up with a selection of cheeses.


  • 110g/4oz medium oatmeal, plus more for dusting
  • 110g/4oz plain flour
  • 55g/2oz lard, dripping or poultry fat
  • 1 level tsp salt
  • cold water
For the glaze
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp sugar

Preparation method

  1. Mix the oatmeal and flour in a bowl. Rub in the fat, add the salt and mix in just enough cold to form a soft but not tacky dough.

  2. Roll out the dough on an oatmeal-strewn board. Cut out circles with a scone cutter. Alternatively, cut out a dinner-plate round, and quarter it.

  3. Mix together the egg, milk and sugar to form a glaze.

  4. Cook the oatcakes on an ungreased medium-hot griddle, without turning them. The moment the first batch are in place, brush them over with glaze – it will turn to a shiny coating as they cook.

  5. When fully cooked, remove. Store in an airtight box.

James Martin recipes from Castle in the Country

Less than 30 mins preparation time

Less than 10 mins cooking time


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