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Caraway oatcakes served with figs

Caraway oatcakes

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
  • Easy
  • Makes 25

Pair these delicious caraway oatcakes with cheese, chutney, figs or grapes. They're perfect for a Christmas cheeseboard and will keep for up to two weeks

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: Per biscuit


  • 2 tsp caraway seeds
  • 200g rolled porridge oats
  • 50g wholemeal flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 6 thyme sprigs, leaves picked
  • 50g softened butter, cubed


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line a large baking tray with baking parchment. Toast the caraway seeds in a dry frying pan over a medium heat for 1-2 mins until they release their aroma. Grind half of the seeds to a rough powder using a pestle and mortar or spice grinder.

  • STEP 2

    Mix the caraway, oats, flour and thyme together in a large heatproof bowl until well-combined. Use your fingertips to rub the butter into the mixture until evenly distributed. Pour in 100ml boiling water and beat roughly with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes together and there are no visible clumps of butter remaining. Add a little more water if needed to bring the dough together – you don’t want the dough to be too wet, as this will result in a tough oatcake.

  • STEP 3

    Roll the dough out on a lightly dusted work surface to a 5mm thickness. Using a crinkle-edged cookie cutter, stamp out 25 x 6cm oatcakes. Alternatively, cut into 5cm squares. Re-roll the off-cuts to make more, if you can.

  • STEP 4

    Transfer to the prepared tray and bake for 15-20 mins until crisp and there are no patches of wet dough visible. Leave to cool on the tray for 5 mins, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Will keep in an airtight container for up to two weeks. Refresh in a hot oven for 2-3 mins to crisp before serving, if needed.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, Homemade Christmas 2021

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