Oatmeal Biscuits

This recipe is from 'May Byron's Rations Book' which was published in 1918. It has recently been re-published as 'The Great War Cook Book: From trench pudding to carrot marmalade' and has a great range of recipes, including plenty of cakes, biscuits and puddings!

  • 8 oz oatmeal
  • 8 oz flour
  • 2 oz fat
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • water or milk
  1. Rub fat into the flour

  2. Mix with oatmeal

  3. Add salt and baking powder

  4. Mix into a stiff paste using either water or milk

  5. Roll out to a quarter of an inch thick and cut into biscuit shapes

  6. Bake on a tin in a moderate oven for about twenty minutes

Recipe Notes

This is a very simple biscuit to make and tasted really good although quite salty - if I made the biscuits again I would add less salt. May Byron just says to use 'fat' and doesn't suggest which kind so I guess you just used what you had in the kitchen. I used butter so they possibly tasted a bit nicer than they might have done with a different sort of fat!