Thursday 7 March 2013

Joy's accidental oatcakes (both ways)

Thermomix oatcakes (adapted from the original recipe by me, Joy’s Accidental Oatcakes – because it developed unintentionally)

120g oats
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
a pinch of salt
50g wholewheat plain flour (I used bread flour as I didn’t have any ordinary)
20g butter, cubed
80g hot water (I used water from the kettle)

Extra flour for rolling

Weigh the oats into the bowl and pulse 4 or 5 times until fine oatmeal
Add the bicarb, salt and flour and stir 10 seconds, speed 4
Add the cubed butter and mix for 10 seconds, speed 10
Add the hot water
Mix for 1 minute, temp 37, reverse speed 4.  It will look like lots of little globules which come together easily by hand.
Tip out onto a floured surface, knead briefly into a dough, roll out to desired thickness, cut out using a circle cutter (I used the top of a drinking glass), place on a non stick baking sheet (ungreased), prick gently all over and bake at 170 degrees (non-fan: 180) for about 15 to 20 minutes until cooked.  Try not to let them brown, they should be a fawn-y colour.

Place on wire rack to cool and sprinkle over some Maldon sea salt (best there is!!)

Delicious served with cheese.
Also delicious if you add some cubes of Parmigiano reggiano (or similar or vegetarian equivalent) at the very first step.  I’ve not tried this with cheddar – I ought to.

Joy’s accidental oatcakes

Oatcake Ingredients
115g oat bran
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of Soda
Pinch of Salt  
20g (1 tbsp) melted butter – I used anchor spreadable and it was fine
50g wholewheat plain flour
Hot Water about 2.5 fl oz

Extra flour for rolling  

Method: Set the oven to 180 C. Mix the oat bran, flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt together in a bowl. Add the melted fat and the hot water. Stir well until it makes a soft paste. Sprinkle some flour on a board. Form the dough into a round and roll it out as thinly as possible, adding flour to the surface as necessary, to prevent sticking. Brush off the excess flour. Cut out the dough using cookie cutters – I cut into circles  

To oven bake; place on a large ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Do not let the oatcakes brown; they should be a pale fawn colour. Put on a wire rack to cool. They are delicious served with cheese 

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