In order to celebrate Pancake Day I made a batch of these distinctly flavoured pancake-like oatcakes. I prefer savoury to sweet pancakes so I filled them with bacon, peas, leek and cheese mixture and baked for about 20 minutes in the oven at 180C just like my mum does.
Lacy Rye, Honey and Beer Oatcakes
- 180g porridge oats
- 90g rye flour
- 90g strong white bread flour
- 10g fast-action dried yeast
- 1 1/2 tsp sea salt flakes, crushed
- 1 tbsp runny honey
- 1 1/2 tsp sunflower oil
- 300ml warm water
- 450ml pale ale
- butter for frying
- packet of bacon, chopped up
- 2 leeks, thinly sliced
- garlic clove, crushed
- couple of handfuls of frozen peas
- dash of Worcestershire sauce
- 50ml pale ale
- 150g grated cheese, plus more to sprinkle on top
Grind the oats in a food processor to make a coarse powder. Tip into a large bowl and mix in the rye and bread flours, the yeast and salt.
Combine the honey, oil and water in a jug and pour into the bowl along with the ale. Whisk by hand to make a thick yet runny batter. Cover with a damp tea towel and leave in a warm place for 1 hour until slightly thicker and very bubbly.
When ready to cook, heat a large frying pan over medium heat. Add a small knob of butter and melt it, then swirl it around the pan. Give the batter a quick stir, then pour a large ladleful into the pan, tilting and swirling the pan so the batter completely and evenly covers the base (as if you are making a pancake). Cook for about 5 minutes until the underside is a rich golden brown and slightly crisp.
Loosen the oatcake around the edges and quickly flip it over. Cook the second side for about 5 minutes or until brown and slightly crisp. Flip out the oatcake onto a wire rack to cool. Make 5 more oatcakes from the rest of the batter in the same way. Serve at room temperature the same day.
Preheat the oven to 160C. Heat some oil in a frying pan. When hot, add the bacon and fry for a couple of minutes. Add the leeks to the bacon and garlic sweat for about 10 minutes. Pour in the ale, a splash of Worcestershire sauce and the peas. Continue to cook for about 5 minutes. Once cooked divide the mixture between the oatcakes and roll up into cigar-like shapes. Place the rolled up pancakes into a baking dish, cover with more grated cheese and bake in the oven for about 10 minutes until the cheese has melted.