Outdoor activities with a healthy dose of curiosity, brought to you by Laure Latham
Enjoying what you're reading?
Subscribe via Email and never miss anything on Frog Mom!
Wild garlic or ramsoms is a delicious spring plant foraged in deciduous woods or on roadsides in the British Isles and it is considered an indicator of ancient woodland. Added to humble oat cakes, it makes the best portable snack to eat with picnic spreads or cheese.
Very popular in Scotland, oat cakes are delicious gluten-free crackers made with oats and a nutritious substitute to wheat crackers or thins. I discovered them on a snow-holing trip three years ago and they’ve become a staple of my picnics ever since. Obviously you can buy oat cakes in stores, but you can also find easy recipes to make them at home. Since I love both wild garlic and oat cakes, I decided to make my own version of wild garlic oat cakes to eat with goat cheese (or chutney, if you prefer). Note: In the US, wild garlic doesn’t grow but ramps make a good substitute for this recipe.
First, I wilted two cups of chopped wild garlic and once wilted, turned it to a coarse paste with a hand blender, ending up with 1/3 cup of cooked wild garlic.
That was actually the trickiest part of the recipe. The rest is pretty much dump and mix. As I’m a huge fan of texture and crunch in my baking, I decided to a combination of regular quick-cook oats as well as jumbo oats and steel-cut oats for this recipe. I also love seeds and added sesame seeds for their nutty flavor.
Before I added hot water, I really wondered if it would hold together but I kept stirring with a spatula and after a couple of minutes, it all came together. Be patient, it will happen to you too.
Now, all I had to do was to roll out the dough with a rolling pin and use a round cookie cutter to create oat cakes. If it looks messy, do like me and roll out the dough between two sheets of wax paper. It’s much easier.
I rolled the dough to roughly 5 mm to make thick oat cakes.
Once on a baking tray, they looked very rustic but semi-round–almost like real oat cakes! I was really impatient to taste them. I baked them until they were golden but not brown and let them cool in the oven until they were room temperature. Any earlier and they would still have been soft. However once cold, they were holding their shape so well that I stacked them in a tin box and brought them as a morning snack to my swimming club.
I wouldn’t ordinarily offer garlic goodies for breakfast, but I was eager to share them with friends. Of course, as soon as people understood (or smelled) the presence of garlic in the recipe, they went:
“Garlic! So French.”
I guess garlic at all times of day is French then. Good thing it’s healthy too.
Enjoy these and don’t feel like you have to share them for breakfast. Lunch time or later works just as well.