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March 23, 2012

Effie’s Oatcakes

by Anne Paddock

Years ago, while traveling through England, I discovered oatcakes, a British treat that is a cross between a cookie and a cracker.  Not as sweet as a typical American cookie (which the Brits call biscuits) and not as thin as a cracker, the oatcake is a crunchy thick wafer made primarily of flour, oats, butter, sugar, and salt.  The “cake” has a slight sweetness with a buttery taste that is delicious plain or with cheese.

Effie’s Homemade makes all natural oatcakes that remind me of the ones I used to eat decades ago.  Made in Hyde Park, Massachusetts, Effie’s Homemade Oatcakes contain wheat flour, oats, unsalted butter, sugar, water, palm oil, salt and baking soda.  The founders of the company – Joan MacIsaac and Irene Costello realized that “great flavor comes from quality ingredients, simply prepared.” They were inspired by Effie MacLellan, MacIsaac’s mother who was handed down the recipe from her mother in Nova Scotia.  Founded in 2007, the company set out to rekindle old-fashioned oatcakes along with other delicious, natural, and wholesome baked goods.

crackers_effies_homemade_oatcakes_1Today, Effie’s Homemade makes three types of “cakes:”

All Natural Oatcakes:  The versatile “cookie” that started it all.  Delicious with a cup of coffee or tea or with a selection of cheeses, the oatcakes have a buttery oat flavor and are not too sweet.

Crispy Corncakes: Introduced in 2009, the crispy corncake is not as sweet as the oatcake. Made of flour, butter, cornmeal,sugar, masa (ground corn kernels and lime), anise seed, salt, and baking soda, these “cakes” are a great mid-morning or afternoon snack.

Pecan Nutcakes: These “cakes” have a nutty toasted pecan flavor that have been slightly sweetened with brown sugar and honey.  Delicious plain or with cheese, pecan nutcakes are rich and delicious.

AllCakesEffie’s Homemade products are available throughout the United States in more than 750 gourmet shops, cheese stores, and many Whole Foods and Fresh Market stores. To find the nearest store, refer to the company website that provides a list of stores by state or order the cakes on-line, also through the company website listed below. Each 7.2 ounce bag sells for approximately $6.

Effie’s Homemade
One Westinghouse Plaza
Hyde Park, MA  02136

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