A beloved Orkney oatcake maker has introduced a new range of delicious savoury biscuits inspired by historic grains grown on the islands. Stockan’s Oatcakes has unveiled its new Orkney Heritage range, featuring ancient grains bere barley and spelt wheat alongside Scottish coarse ground wholegrain oats and rapeseed oil. The new range is already turning heads, with award wins in the Great Taste Awards and at Scotland’s Speciality Food Show.
Each oatcake features the traditional Stockan’s triangular shape, with the addition of an indentation that allows it to split neatly into two, making it easy to enjoy and the perfect choice for canapés.
The Orkney Heritage range includes:
- Bere Barley, Chilli & Cheese Oatcakes
Hand-baked with bere barley and coarse ground wholegrain oats, a hint of cheese and a kick of chilli. Bere barley has a distinctive, nutty flavour; a high fibre content; and contains a significant number of multinutrients. Suitable for vegetarians.
- Spelt Wheat, Herb & Pepper Oatcakes
Hand-baked with spelt wheat and coarse ground wholegrain oats, enhanced by savoury notes of chia seeds, rosemary, onion and black pepper. Spelt is an ancient grain that is a source of protein and fibre with a delicate, sweet and nutty flavour. Suitable for vegans.
Irené Archer, Managing Director of Stockan’s Oatcakes, said: “Scotland is home to some of the most incredible produce, and we’re delighted to be able to shine a light on some lesser-known ingredients from Scotland’s vibrant past in our new Orkney Heritage range.
“The ancient grain bere barley that we use is grown close to our bakery and ground to form beremeal at the Barony Mill – Orkney’s only traditional water mill. Spelt wheat was a staple food as far back as the Bronze Age, and today is seeing a big revival – ours is grown and traditionally ground in Scotland.
“We’re thrilled to be celebrating our food producing past and the rich heritage of Orkney, bringing them up to date by pairing these fantastic ancient grains with modern flavours.”
Previewed at Scotland’s Speciality Food Show earlier this year, the range was celebrated by suppliers and stockists alike – with the Bere Barley, Chilli & Cheese winning a bronze award for best product in its category. More recently the Spelt Wheat, Herb & Pepper variety scooped a Great Taste 2022 one-star award.
Traditionally, oatcakes were eaten instead of bread with soup or a nice hearty stew. Today they complement any cheeseboard, and are very popular paired with smoked salmon, prawns, avocado, a slither of butter or simply enjoyed on their own.
The Orkney Heritage ancient grain range from Stockan’s is available to buy at www.stockans.com – as well as farm shops, delis, and speciality food shops. All packaging in the range is recyclable.
Stockan’s Oatcakes is one of Scotland’s leading producers of delicious, handmade oatcakes, drawing on four generations of baking expertise. The family-owned bakery is located in the picturesque harbour town of Stromness, Orkney. Stockan’s award-winning Orkney Oatcakes are celebrated the world over for their great taste and high quality. All of Stockan’s range is suitable for vegetarians, with many also vegan approved.
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