[Sca-cooks] Riddle was oatcakes

Karstyl karstyl at gmail.com
Tue Apr 7 19:45:02 PDT 2009

Terry Decker wrote:
> Interesting word.  A riddle is a coarse sieve used to seperate grain 
> from chaff.  The two common forms of riddle appear to be a plate with 
> holes drilled in it or a wooden rim strung with a coarse wire mesh.  
>  From the usage, a riddle cake appears to be an oatcake made from coarse 
> grain rather than from cut or milled oats.  And yes it is the source of 
> the term, "riddle with bullets," from an earlier term, "to make a riddle 
> of."
> Bear

This made me think of funnel cakes.  If you put a medium thick batter in 
a plate with holes it would drop down in spots, making a thin, lacy, 
crispy cake on a griddle.  The drops of batter should spread into each 
other.  I have not read enough period oatcake recipes to know if this is 
plausible, so I could be way off, but I am trying to think 'outside the 
box' of modern cooking and to have fewer pre-conceived notions about how 
is should/must be.  So it is just a thought I am throwing out there.


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