Nova Scotia Oatcakes

Dining at Dalhousie Castle
Photo courtesy Vossen Media Co (U.K.)

Who wouldn’t want to spend the night in a castle? Some castles are luxurious and some castles are wonderfully old: the Dalhousie Castle near Edinburgh, miraculously, is both. If Sam and Harry are smart, they will have first flown in to London and then traveled to Edinburgh overnight on The Flying Scotsman – it’s only a 4-hour ride, but folks can check into a private sleeping compartment several hours early at Kings Cross station, and don’t have to leave the train at Edinburgh Waverley the next morning until after being served tea and a scone. Very romantic!

While the couple may not find Scottish haggis to their liking, they must be sure to try the many varieties of oat cakes that are a Scottish specialty. While store-bought Scottish oatcakes are generally crisper and saltier, the texture and slight sweetness of these homemade ones remind me of scones. We make them often! – Almostgotit

Nova Scotia Oatcakes

3 cups quick rolled oats
3 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar (packed)
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cup shortening
2/3 – 3/4 cup cold water

In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients together.  Cut in shortening. Add enough water to form a rather stiff, pastry-like dough.  Roll 3/8 ” thick and cut into circles.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes on a greased baking sheet.  Makes lots!

  • Variation: one may sneakily substitute 1/2 cup apple sauce (one of those single-serving cups is just right) for the same portion of shortening and I guarantee no one will notice; bolder folk may substitute even more applesauce and the recipe will change a bit but still work fine; however, Sam will no doubt notice and object. 
  • Canada’s “Nova Scotia” is, of course, Latin for “New Scotland.” This recipe, given to us by a Canadian friend many years ago, is similar to a very old one that probably traces back to early Scottish settlers. Moreover? There is a “Dalhousie University” in Halifax, the capital city of this island province.

10 Responses to Nova Scotia Oatcakes

  1. […] Today I started to wonder if they’ve gone all-out and are staying in a castle.  Some of the best castles are in Scotland, of course.  What a glorious honeymoon that would be: read on! […]

  2. johanne says:

    Any site featuring anything Nova scotia is fabulous, however you note that we are an island province, we are not, there are two, Prince Edward Isalnd and newfoundland, but nova Scotia is joined to the rest of our beautiful country.

    • rockyroadoflove says:

      Thank you. I’ll make the correction. I’ve never had the pleasure of visiting Nova Scotia. Is the Scottish connection strong there?

  3. anon says:

    Nova Scotia is a province in Canada. Yes, Nova Scotia does mean new Scotland but this recipe is not for scottish oatcakes it is for Nova Scotia oatcakes.

    • rockyroadoflove says:

      Thank you. I’ll make a note on the recipe. Having terminology correct in recipes is very important, In my opinion.

  4. bobbi says:

    I read mysteries; some have recipes or references to them. The present one has a character who is from Nova Scotia & his sister there doesn’t allow him to run out of Oat Cakes. Now, I’m confused as to the recipes that go by that name; just which one is the REAL one? Like Indiana recipes, it’s prob what the hand finds to throw in.

    • rockyroadoflove says:

      Hi Bobbi, Thanks for commenting. I read mysteries, too, and love the ones with recipes. Which one are you reading now? Oat cakes, I think, are as different as the cooks who make them. Walker, the Scottish shortbread company, has great oat cakes, if you don’t have time to make your own. E

  5. rockyroadoflove says:

    Really? Does ‘Scotia,’ then, mean ‘darkness’? Thanks for commenting. E

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