Mini Oatcakes with Arbroath Smokies
If you’re looking for a tasty treat to make guests at Christmas, these could be just the ticket. Arbroath Smokies are wood-smoked haddock, which are traditionally produced in the east coast fishing town of Arbroath in Scotland and provide a creamy, luscious flavour to these home made oatcake canapés.
For the oatcakes
- 70g butter
- 70g plain flour
- 140g oatmeal
- 140ml water
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- Handful of rolled oats and extra oatmeal for rolling
For the smokie mix
- 400g cooked smoked haddock
- 225ml milk
- 50g butter
- 50g plain flour
- 1 bay leaf
- Pinch of nutmeg
- Pinch of salt
- 100g grated Cathedral City Mature
- Bunch of chopped chives
To make the oatcakes, sift the flour, salt and baking powder into a bowl, mix in the oatmeal and then rub in the butter until it resembles breadcrumbs.
Add the water, mix to a soft dough, then roll out onto a surface sprinkled with oatmeal and rolled oats to a thickness of about ½ a centimetre. Cut into 50 pence piece sized circles and bake at 180ºC / fan 160ºC / 350ºF / Gas Mark 4 for about 20 minutes or until golden. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
For the topping, flake the cooked smoked haddock into a bowl and season well with pepper. If cooking the haddock from fresh, use 450ml milk. This is in addition to the 225ml milk you need for the béchamel.
Set a pan on a low heat and make a thick béchamel sauce using the butter and flour to make a roux then slowly add 225ml milk with a bay leaf and a good pinch of nutmeg. Let it cook gently for about 10 minutes, take out the bay leaf, then add the grated Cathedral City Mature, stir well and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
Pour into the bowl with the fish, mix well, taste and adjust the seasoning. Stir in some chopped chives and put in the fridge to firm a little.
When ready to serve, spoon a little of the mix onto the oatcakes and twist some black pepper over with a sprinkle of chives.
This recipe and photo was provided by Cathedral City
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