- Nov 26, 2016
- central NC
Traditional Irish Donegal Oatcakes
1 1⁄2 cups stone-ground oatmeal
1 1⁄2 cups whole wheat flour, plus more for dusting
3 tbsp. unsalted butter or lard, cubed and chilled, plus butter for serving (optional, but delicious)
1⁄2 tsp. kosher salt
3⁄4 cup boiling water
Jam, for serving (optional, but delicious)
Pulse oatmeal, flour, butter, and salt in a food processor until pea-size crumbles form. Add water; pulse until dough forms. Transfer dough to a lightly floured baking sheet. Press a sheet of parchment paper over dough and using a rolling pin, roll dough into a 1⁄2" thick square; cover with a kitchen towel and let sit 1 hour to dry slightly.
Heat oven to 250°F. Using a 3" round cutter, cut out cakes; gather and reuse scraps. Transfer cakes to a baking sheet; bake, flipping once, until golden and slightly crisp, 1 hour and 15 minutes. The more slowly it cooks, the better the flavor will be. Let cool slightly; serve with butter and jam, if you like. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.
Source: “Irish Traditional Cooking: Over 300 Recipes from Ireland's Heritage” (Kyle Books; 2012).