Ten Canadian Provinces of New Recipe Tuesday – Week Five – Nova Scotia – Oatcakes

Welcome to Week Five of the Ten Canadian Provinces of New Recipe Tuesday! A very Happy New Year to everyone. The holidays were such a whirlwind around here, with family from both sides visiting.  I again am forced to apologize for my inconsistency with my posts and I resolve to do better from here on out. Canada has been a bit more challenging than I had thought it would be, mostly because I have a household of non fish eaters and our neighbors to the north love their seafood. But I am trying and we will get through this.

This week we explore the province of Nova Scotia, the second smallest province.  The province itself is almost completely surrounded by water, with a mainland peninsula connected to New Brunswick and Cape Breton Island, which is across the Canso strait.

The name Nova Scotia is from Latin and means New Scotland. When I went looking for a recipe, I found that a simple baked good gives a serious nod to the Scottish heritage of the region. The item is called an Oatcake, and is super simple to make (one bowl, one baking sheet) and is found all over the province as a simple snack, usually served midday with tea. It is a sweet but also salty and has a light crunch to it. I have already bagged up a couple for my son to take to school tomorrow. He thought they were great.

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Nova Scotia Oatcakes

I give this one a solid A, with a little work needed to get the thickness and baking time perfect to make it crunchy all the way through (the center was soft like an oatmeal cookie). Some recipes actually used a cutter to make them individual cakes before baking, but that seems to be too much work for something meant to be so simple. I think I will keep them just the way they are and look forward to making these again

Thanks for sticking with me and stopping by. See you next time in Ontario!

Nova Scotia Oatcakes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Oatmeal
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ tsp Baking Soda
  • ¾ cups Brown Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Boiling Water

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter or your fingers to work the fat into the dry ingredients.
  3. Pour in the hot water and stir until everything comes together into a thick, sticky dough.
  4. Turn the dough onto the baking sheet. Flatten and shape it with your hands or roll it with a rolling pin to make it about ¼ – ½ inch thick and rectangle shape.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes until they are golden brown. They should be crisp and crunchy, not chewy.
  6. While still warm, cut into squares, and then allow them to cool.

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Nova Scotia Oatcakes
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