Pete and I just returned home from our road trip around Nova Scotia and the first recipe I can’t wait to share is one for Nova Scotia Oatcakes. These are actually popular throughout all the maritime provinces in Canada and are a nod back to the region’s Scottish roots. Oatcakes are crisp like a shortbread cookie or cracker, lightly sweetened, just a smidge salty, and make quite a hearty snack. It’s common to have them in the afternoon with tea or coffee, but I also think they’re perfect road trip food and great for taking with you in a daypack for some quick energy during an afternoon hike. They’re sort of a healthy homemade version of an energy bar. Yes, I know there’s butter and sugar in them. But I think the oatmeal balances that out. At least that’s what I tell myself. Enjoy!
This recipe is adapted from an old fashioned recipe book from Sherbrooke Village, a nineteenth century mining and lumber community in Nova Scotia that has been restored and is now a museum. For history buffs, it’s quite fascinating to walk along the streets and into the original buildings to get a real feel of what life was like in the late 1800s.
Nova Scotia Oatcakes Recipe
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- 2 Cups Oatmeal
- 1 Cup Flour
- ½ tsp Salt
- ½ Cup Vegetable Oil or Butter
- ¼ tsp Baking Soda
- ½ Cup Brown Sugar
- ¼ Cup Boiling Water
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Dissolve baking soda in boiling water (add a little more water if needed).
- Combine dry ingredients with butter, then add dissolved baking soda.
- Mold into a dough ball, then press it out onto a baking sheet. You can roll it out with a dough pin to make it thin as you want it to be about ¼ inch thick.
- Cover and chill for 10-15 minutes to firm up the dough, then remove and score down the middle and across to make 8-10 squares (you'll use these lines for clean cuts after it's done baking).
- Bake for 12-15 minutes until they are golden brown. They should be crisp and crunchy, not chewy.
- Separate the cakes along the score lines with a thin knife and then allow them to cool.
- Enjoy with your favorite coffee or tea or add them to your day pack for some quick energy during a hike or a long road trip.