Kindal Debenham, author of The True Adventures of Hector Kingsley, is in my writing group. We're friends. I read this book before it was out. But I genuinely love this book. Steampunk magic, a detective story, and an improper American woman with a carbine over her shoulders? Yes. Yes please.
The True Adventures of Hector Kinglsey does not have a lot of description of food. Hector Kingsley is anything but flush, and between chasing clues, pretending he doesn't care about a certain improper American, and keeping up on rent, food is usually the first thing to go. So I pondered Victorian cuisine. No crumpets or trifles or treacles for Hector. I'd made oatcakes before, though. Oatcakes, I learned, have a long history and variable form, but today I experimented by making some from oat flour. I think they turned out pretty well -- enjoy!
Poor Detective's Oatcakes
1 1/2 cup oat flour (plus extra for dusting)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons chilled butter, cubed
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup water
Add the water and rolled oats. You may need a little more, or a little less, water. Start with 1/4 cup, then see how the dough's doing. I highly recommend doing this with your hands. The dough won't get over mixed, you won't destroy those nice bits of butter, and it really does come together fast.