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Telegraph House Oatcakes (Nova Scotia)



  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups butter
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups regular oatmeal (not instant)
  • 2 cups bran flakes
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Dissolve baking soda in boiling water. Set aside to cool completely.
  2. Mix together remaining ingredients. Add cooled baking soda and water mixture.
  3. Divide dough into 4 balls. Roll out to the thickness of pie dough. It can be a bit hard to roll out. It does not have to be a perfect circle. Cut into squares about 1 x 2 inches.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes. They should be just getting brown around the edges.

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