Oatmeal and Treacle Pancakes

In this video, Paula serves warm oatmeal pancakes served with a drizzle of fruit syrup. Oatmeal is widely used in Ulster-Scots dishes. Damsons are small blue-skinned fruits similar to plums. They have a sour flavour and are very popular in Ulster for making jams and preserves.


Metric Imperial

100ml buttermilk
1 dessertspoon treacle
1 egg
100g soda bread flour
25g porridge oats
Rapeseed oil for greasing

For the fruit syrup:
500g damsons or plums
120g sugar
250ml water

3½ fl oz buttermilk
2 teaspoons treacle
1 egg
3½ oz soda bread flour
1 oz porridge oats
Canola for greasing

For the fruit syrup:
1 lb damsons or plums
4 oz sugar
1 cup water



  1. Pour buttermilk and treacle into a mixing bowl. Add egg and beat together.
  2. Stir in flour and oats. Mix until it forms a thick batter.
  3. Leave batter to rest for five minutes.
  4. Oil frying pan or griddle and heat until hot.
  5. Reduce heat and drop spoonsful of batter onto the pan, leaving space between to allow pancakes to expand.
  6. Cook for two to three minutes. When bubbles appear on the surface of pancake flip over and cook the other side.
  7. Cook until firm to touch.
  8. Build pancakes into a stack and serve warm drizzled with fruit syrup.

Fruit Syrup

  1. Place damsons, sugar and water into a saucepan.
  2. Gradually bring to a boil.
  3. Once boiled, remove from the heat and let it cool.
  4. Strain through muslin overnight.
  5. The syrup will keep in a sealed jar for five days.

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