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Staffordshire Oatcakes

This area is famous for beer, its byproduct- Marmite - and pottery, I therefore photographed these oatcakes on Staffordshire-made plates.

These are very different from their Scottish counterparts, being more like an oat-based pikelet. People from the area have them for breakfast, often with melted cheese, sausages, bacon and eggs. A more modern filling would be melted cheese and avocado, rather like a burrito.

My advice is to make them the night before and leave the batter to rise slowly in the fridge, ready for the next morning. As for yeast, I often keep blocks of fresh yeast in the freezer which I defrost. Otherwise feel free to use fast action dried yeast.

Count two per person. Three for big eaters. This recipe makes ten. You will need a flat cast iron frying pan or non stick pan.
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: Breakfast foods, English dishes, Oats


  • 225 g oat flour You can grind up porridge oats in a high speed blender
  • 100 g wholemeal flour
  • 100 g strong flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 400 ml milk
  • 400 ml lukewarm water
  • 10 g fresh yeast or 2 packets fast action yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Butter
  • Grated cheese or other toppings of your choice.


  • In a large bowl measure out and mix the different flours and salt. In a jug, add the milk, water, yeast and sugar. Leave for ten minutes or so until frothy. Then combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients. Cover and leave overnight in a cool place.
  • The next day, retrieve the batter and melt a little butter, not too much, on on the pan on a medium heat.
  • Add a ladle of batter to the pan and tip the sides until you have a thin 10 inch/20cm circle. Let it bubble and pop in a crumpet like fashion. Do not hurry this process, and only turn the oatcake towards the end when the top is set. Then add the melted cheese.
  • Don't worry about the first one, like pancakes, they always go wrong.
  • Oatcakes can be served with sweet fillings, such as blackberries and cream.
  • Oatcakes can be made in advance and frozen.