1½ cups fine oatmeal 1–2 tbsp. butter or lard Pinch of salt
1. Put the oatmeal into a bowl. Put the butter or lard and salt into a measuring cup, pour ¾ cup boiling water onto it, and stir until melted and dissolved. Pour this into the oatmeal and mix to a pliable dough. You may need a little more liquid to obtain the right consistency.
2. Press the dough out with your fingers into a 10 × 9-inch pan. You may not manage to get it quite that thin on your first attempt, because the dough is rather difficult to handle.
3. Leave it to dry for another hour or two before you bake it. Bake at 250°F for 3–4 hours. The more slowly it cooks, the better the flavor will be. Oatcakes keep for ages in a tin and can be reheated. Eat with butter or butter and jam.