[Sca-cooks] oatcakes

Terry Decker t.d.decker at att.net
Mon Apr 6 21:41:29 PDT 2009

Indeed, riddle cake or riddle bread is north English dialect for a type of 
heavy oat cake.  However, the term appears to be from the 17th Century.


> On Apr 6, 2009, at 11:20 PM, Stefan li Rous wrote:
>> PS: Adamantius, is that supposed to be "riddlecakes" or did I  perhaps 
>> drop a "g" in multiple places?
> I seem to recall that as one of the traditional names for oatcakes of  a 
> particular kind in the North of England, possibly a Yorkshire  dialect 
> term.
> There's a pretty detailed article on oatcakes somewhere in an early  issue 
> of Petits Propos Culinaires, discussing the difference between  bannocks, 
> havercakes, scones/sgians and riddlecakes.
> I'm up to my ears in paperwork (sinking, actually) connected with the 
> Evil Spawn's college financing at the moment, so for the next month or 
> so, memory is at a premium, and free time more so.
> But yes, I believe riddlecakes is a legitimate term, and not the  result 
> of dropping an initial "g", at least not an error on my part or  yours, 
> Adamantius

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