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San Fran-style oatcakes?

This may be a stretch, but...a friend of mine is completely in thrall to those dense, hockey-puck-like oatcakes that you find sold at hippie cafes all over the Bay Area. These are thick, pale, bricklike wodges, nothing like a cracker-ish Scottish oatcake. They seem like they're compacted rather than baked--if you know what I'm talking about, does anyone have any idea how she might make her own at home?

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  1. Hmmm, have lived here for almost 10 years and have never seen one of those.

    1. They sound like the oatmeal scone I had from Starbucks here in Toronto. It was dense and crumbly.

      1. Are you sure they're oat, not rice? I have a friend who eats hockey-puck cakes--about 3 inches diameter, maybe 3/4 inch thick, and dry as the Sahara--and they're made from rice.

        1. I think I know exactly what you are talking about. They look like small hockey pucks and do not look appetizing at all. My friend's father eats them and once during a soccer match, I was so desperately hungry, I ate one. I was actually surprised that they tasted somewhat decent (or it might have been the hunger seasoning) and I have to admit, I had great energy for the second half. Anyway, I had never seen them before, so I asked about them, and he said they are Australian. So . . . maybe try to google Australian Oatcake recipes?

          1. I know what you're talking about. I used to eat these all the time. They're actually quite good if you can get past the fact that they look like pale hockey pucks. I buy them under the brand 'California Suncakes'

            Here's the ingredients from an apricot one:
            oats, apricots, brown rice syrup, brown rice flour, soy protein concentrate, soy flour, rice bran, natural fruit juice, dried plums, orange peel, almond extract.

            My. Doesn't that look delicious? :)

            Here's a recipe that may not exactly match but looks like it can probably be tweaked massively to resemble an suncake: http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=6271.0

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            1. re: muimi07

              They would probably be much tastier if the list went something like:

              oats, BUTTER, apricots, brown rice syrup, brown rice flour, soy protein concentrate, soy flour, rice bran, natural fruit juice, dried plums, orange peel, almond extract.

              1. re: JudiAU

                The original's ingredients were more like oats, butter, sugar, natural flavorings. No weird health-food-store stuff.