Stotty Cake

This is one of my Nan's Geordie recipes. See the history for a little more. A Stottie cake or stotty is not a cake but a type of bread.


This makes 3 1/4 lbs of risen dough. The preparation time takes into account the time it takes for the dough to rise.

1. Mix the flour and salt together and rub in the margarine.

2. Mix the yeast and sugar into the water, stirring until the yeast dissolves: If you use dry yeast mix the yeast and sugar into the water and leave until the yeast has dissolved and frothing.

3. Make a little hole in the centre of the flour and add the water stirring with your hands working into a firm dough.

4. Knead well until the dough is smooth and shiny. If the dough is a little soft more flour may be added, kneading (up to 2 oz.) but it is difficult to add water if the dough is too firm so just sprinkle the extra flour if needed.

5. Turn dough out onto a floured board and knead until the dough is no longer sticky and is smooth and shiny.

6. Lightly grease a dish and place dough in it, cover with a teatowel and leave to rise in a warm place until it is twice the size, or you could put it in a large plastic bag.

7. When risen turn onto floured board and knead lightly to let out the air and to make the dough pliable again.

8. Cut the sizes of dough to the size of the flatties you want.

9. Put a hole in the middle of the flattie after rolling it out to the size and depth you want and with a fork make a few stabs, (not too many)

10. Place them on a baking sheet and put in oven near the top. Bake at 425 F or gas 220 C. for 12 to 15 minutes.

It may take a little longer but don't leave in too long. Test with a fork - if they come out clean they're done.


Strong Plain Flour 2 lbs
Salt 3 level tsp
Margarine 3 oz
Fresh Yeast OR 1.5 oz
Dried Yeast 3 level tsp
Sugar 1 tsp
Tepid Water ½ pint
Milk ½ pint

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what do you do with the milk?
No person from Sunderland would ever refer to her food as being "Geordie Food". People from Sunderland are Mackems not Geordies who come from Newcastle.

Of course everyone wants to be a Geordie so I understand the mistake...
I make bread on a regular basis, the milk would be added to the flour along with the water. I can't wait to try out Stottie Cake, my father used to love this as a boy and it would be a great surprise to him.
I work as a freelance reminiscence worker in many private and council care homes and as a result often hear of food memories! Just today I was told about STOTTY CAKE my a lovely gentleman who grew up near Newcastle.... he ( as most of those I work with) has problems with short term memory - but was full of vivid detail about his mum's baking day - bread rising on the fender..... and particularly this kind of local bread - which he then got have a slice of with JAM - a treat!!! Food memories are very strong memories! I will try to bake some and take it along next time!! Thanks for the recipe. Trisha Lewis
I'd also like to know what do you do with the milk
I am in agreement with you!! I'm married to a Mackem and to be referred to as a Geordie is and insult the Nana/ grandmother was indeed a Mackem and I hear nothing but peas pudding, ham and stotty cake all the time its his favorite and his Nana makes it for him all the time when he's up there by the old recipe and the kids love it too!!
I've just discovered this site and love it! I'm originally from Gateshead, but living in East Europe at the minute where you can't buy Stottie Cake, so mine is rising nicely at the moment :)
I have loads of Goerdie and Mackem friends, love them all, hey what happened to world peace haha :)
UGH just made this and realised at the end the reason it was not feeling correct is the instructions leave out the milk. Just wasted 2lbs flour and yeast etc, however will try again when I go to the shops and renew.
OK not one to give up I have made it again tonight, this time adding the milk the same time as water yeast and sugar, and guess what FANTASTIC will absolutely make this again and again.
Also, I am from Sunderland and NEVER describe myself as Geordie, they are the ones accross the river never to be spoken about..... We are mackems...
My Nanna also made stottie cake every day, I just wish we had her recepie, but I will continue with this, many thanks
Well said, that lass!
I have just found this site luv it. I'm a Geordie, lived in States for 23 yrs n miss the stotties. Canna believe I'm gonna have a stottie sarnie lol PS wot's a Mackem?
I have just found this site luv it. I'm a Geordie, lived in States for 23 yrs n miss the stotties. Canna believe I'm gonna have a stottie sarnie lol PS wot's a Mackem?
Hi Brittykid25,A Mackem is someone from the Sunderland area.Hi from a Geordie living in Switzerland
Hi I'm a geordie living in Oz
OK, for the younger people who have been brought up to believe things that are ... let's just say, not exactly correct, ... the word Geordie has no definitive meaning and in its most general sense refers to anyone from the North East of England. The term was highjacked relatively recently by the football contingent to mean only fans of Newcastle United, but it only takes a moment to click here [ ] and listen to the words of "Wherever ye gan ye're sure to find a Geordie" to learn that the term specifically included people from Sunderland. Sorry, couldn't find Owen Brannigan's version. BTW, that's an authentic Stottie recipe ... one rise only. Oh, and Makem has no 'c' before the 'k.' It's short for 'make them.' Gan Canny!
Geordie actually refers to the miners around durham and newcastle that refused to use the new Davy miners lamp, they held steadfast to local inventor of the steam engine,George Stephenson and his safety lamp. Geordie is a variation of George. The miners were called Geordies men.Mackem comes from the time when the Tyne shipbuilders went on strike and the shipbuilders on the wear, Sunderland, broke ranks and clearly stated give us the ships and we'll mackem for you. (make them ) hence the long seated rivalry and distrust.
Geordie comes from the Jacobite rebellion when the men from newcastle rallied and beat the scots and we're called king George's men but over the years they were called geordies
Rubbish, you havnt got a clue what your talking about. Georges bastards , named by the Scots.
Im a Geordie you can tell the difference between a Mackum and a Geordie a Geordie calls his Grandma GANNIE not Nanna like some anti stotty cake haters
Who cares where u come from,just enjoy the bread!!!
This looks exactly like the stotty I bought years ago at Greggs when I first lived in North East in 1968 but they don't make them like this now. Will give this a try soon. Thanks
How much water and milk?
Seems popular. I'm going to be giving this a go.
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