Seeded oatcakes

Seeded oatcakes

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(17 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins


Makes about 20
These quick biscuits make a great addition to a cheeseboard or gourmet homemade gift hamper

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal63
  • fat3.5g
  • saturates1.5g
  • carbs7g
  • sugars0.1g
  • fibre0.6g
  • protein1.4g
  • salt0.3g
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  • 50g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 100g medium oatmeal
  • 100g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 2 tsp poppy seed
  • 2 tbsp sesame seed


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Melt the butter in a small pan, then allow to cool slightly. Tip all the dry ingredients into a bowl, with ½ tsp salt, then pour in the butter. Add 5-6 tbsp boiling water and combine to make a firm dough.

  2. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface, then roll out until about 0.5cm thick. Cut into small squares, then bake for 12-15 mins until golden. Leave to cool for a few mins, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

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26th Nov, 2019
A really love recipe - having read the comments, I substituted the bicarb for baking powder (so no idea if it impacted the taste) and also added a generous 1/2 tsp of cayenne for a bit of heat. As I am testing out recipes for edible Christmas gifts, and have a vegan family member, I also substituted the butter for coconut oil/butter. Not sure if it made the dough a little more crumbly, but they turned out absolutely GORGEOUS. Highly recommended !
29th Nov, 2014
That will teach me to read the comments first, but I'm glad I've found out why they tasted so bitter. I was about to take the oatmeal back to the shop. I'll try them with baking powder and maybe roll them a bit thinner as they were not crisp.
24th Oct, 2014
BLEUUUGGGHHHH! Agree wholeheartedly with other comments. Bicarb just DOESN'T work. Whole batch in bin. READ COMMENTS.....and substitute with baking powder. I also added Cayenne 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper for tiny kick.....fab! Great crumbly, light texture and delicious with Goats cheese.
28th Aug, 2014
Thanks everyone, I hate the taste of bicarb too so used baking powder and they were delicious. So much nicer than my usual supermarket own brand of oat biscuits. They did fall apart a bit when trying to roll them out - think I need to add a bit more water next time
9th Feb, 2014
Just like everyone else, I wish I'd read the comments first! Horrible taste of bicarb. Am about to try again using baking powder!
15th Dec, 2013
So having never had a bad experience from a recipe from this website, I made four batches of these for Christmas gifts….and then I tasted them and so glad I did….yuk, yuk, yuk!! I thought I had done something wrong and then I read the feedback….four batches now in the bin….like wendykr I will rate this very low until this recipe is adjusted. Off to make some more but this time with baking powder.
16th Jul, 2013
Argh, didn't read the comments because the rating was so high, and now have a wasted batch of oatcakes and a nasty taste in my mouth! I have to rate this low until someone takes that bloody bicarb out of the recipe :-( Will make a batch with baking powder as per the advice below, and hope they taste better.
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3rd Mar, 2013
I ended up mixing my porridge oats with a hand-held mixer to get medium oats. I used baking powder instead of bicarb as suggested. The result was really nice, I love the texture, really crisp, perfect with cheese or dips. You can even use cookie cutters to give them a fun shape!
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2nd Mar, 2013
Can anyone tell me if I can use porridge oats for medium oatmeal please? thank you!
30th Jan, 2013
I wish I'd read the comments before baking as my first batch tasted foul due to the bicarb. I made some more with baking powder and they were delicious. Thanks to those who pointed out this alternative otherwise I wouldn't have known what had gone wrong!


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18th Mar, 2016
Don't make these - dreadful. Have learnt to read comments first. Waste of money - in the bin!
24th Jul, 2013
Do I have to use white plain flour? Or can I use a wholemeal variety?
18th Mar, 2016
Don't bother - they are awful.
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