Honey & oat cakes

During the Viking era, sweet foods would have been rare, with one of the only sweeteners, honey, being an expensive commodity, saved for only the wealthy or those stupid enough to raid wild bee hives.

Those that kept bee’s did so in ‘Skeps’, an Old English word, meaning basket. Generally the bees were killed in order to obtain the honey within. Bee Churls belonged to the lowest rank of freemen and had to pay rent on taxable bees, which may have been paid in the form of honey.


  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 200g honey
  • 500g oats
  • 1/4 cup of liquid (braggot, ale, mead, milk etc)
  • 1 apple (finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Method:

    Melt the butter in a pan. Stir in the honey, followed by the rest of the ingredients.

    Mix together well and leave to cool. Once cool, split the mixture into even sized amounts. Roll into balls and squash each ball as flat as possible.

    Cook for a few minutes on each side on a hot griddle or frying pan. Watch them carefully, or they will burn.

    Alternatively heat your oven to 170 degrees and cook in the centre of the oven for approx 10 – 15 minutes, until firm and golden in colour.

    Leave to cool fully before eating, as they will firm up when cool.

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