You may have found yourself here because you’d previously never heard of the popular Derbyshire snack or you might be an avid oatcake consumer. Either way, if you have the burning desire to find out absolutely everything about the Derbyshire Oatcake, you’re in the right place.
What is a Derbyshire Oatcake and how do we make them?
The best way for us to describe the traditional Derbyshire Oatcake would be as a pancake and crumpet fusion. Contrary to popular belief they are nothing like the equally well-known Scottish biscuit.
Of course, we can’t tell you exactly how we make them, as it’s our secret recipe, but we can tell you a little bit about the baking process.
6 hours before we start baking, the oatmeal, yeast and water are combined and left to activate. Flour, salt and sugar are added and carefully mixed to make the batter. Our secret ingredient is added and just like that, the legendary Derbyshire Oatcake is created.
The history behind the Derbyshire Oatcake
Derbyshire Oatcakes have quite the history, they have been around since the 17th century.
There are no confirmed facts about how the oatcake came about but it is believed that as the county’s climate and soil type changed over the years, it became easier to grow oats and farmers in Derbyshire grew an abundance of oats leading to the creation of the oatcake, which quickly became a staple part of the diet for locals.
Derbyshire Oatcakes have been produced using the same closely guarded recipe since 1949, handed down through 3 generations of bakers, it’s no wonder they’ve become so popular.
To this day they are handmade at Owlgreave farm situated in Combs, a quaint village set in the heart of the Peak District.
What is the difference between a Staffordshire Oatcake and a Derbyshire Oatcake?
This has always been a bit of a controversial one, as far as we’re concerned there are no major differences between the Staffordshire and Derbyshire Oatcake. They follow a similar recipe but the Derbyshire Oatcake is noticeably thicker than the neighbouring Staffordshire variety. Taste-wise, we may be biased, but we think ours come out on top!
How to eat a Derbyshire Oatcake.
The thing we love most about our Oatcakes is how versatile they are, sweet or savoury, it’s all up to personal choice. A popular way to enjoy them is as a breakfast item, topped with everything you can imagine from bacon and eggs to smoked salmon and avocado.
They are also heavily featured as an addition to a full English breakfast. However, if you have a sweet tooth, we’ve got plenty of suggestions for you. You can top them with banana and peanut butter, Nutella and strawberries or just eat them with the classic strawberry and jam combination.
Where to buy Derbyshire Oatcakes.
We supply our Oatcakes locally to shops and pubs and restaurants. Our catchment area is continuing to grow. We currently deliver within four different counties including Cheshire and Staffordshire. As far north as Hyde in Manchester and numerous outlets in Macclesfield and Bollington, Glossop to the east, and Ashbourne in the South. Look out for us in your local butchers or deli. If they don’t already stock them, ask them why not!
We love nothing more than seeing you all enjoying our Oatcakes. Head over to Instagram and tag us in your Derbyshire Oatcake pictures, you might even get a feature on our story.