little luxuries: Oat Crackers

Homemade Oat Crackers ~ I think the human spirit is wired to seek out and appreciate the little luxuries that are present in some form or another in all of our lives.  It’s been well documented that wealth does not translate into happiness, and that satisfaction with one’s life is unrelated to financial or social status.

Even when faced with reduced circumstances, or trying times, it’s in our nature to find something, however inconsequential, to take joy in.

Worldly goods or expensive surroundings have no bearing on this innate ability to feel pleasure.

We all carry it with us, this capacity to enjoy, and if we only stay alive to them, little opportunities will present themselves,

like a patch of sun on a cool spring afternoon

a glass of Merlot after a frustrating day

and a stack of homemade oat biscuits with a few shards of salty gouda on the side.

*recipe from from Patricia Wells, At Home in Provence

Homemade Oat Crackers

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour (Patricia uses all purpose)
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 Tsp firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter, chilled and cut in pieces
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp whole milk, more if needed

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 400F
  2. Put the flour, oats, salt, brown sugar, and baking soda in a food processor. Pulse several times and then add the butter. Pulse about 10 times to cut in the butter. Then, through the feed tube, drizzle in the lemon juice and milk.
  3. Pulse the machine just until a dough forms, but stop before it becomes a ball.
  4. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and bring it together with your hands. Roll out the dough to about 1/8 inch thick.
  5. Cut with a 2" cookie cutter into rounds and transfer to a nonstick baking sheet.
  6. Pierce each round all over with the tines of a fork. Bake for about 12 to 15 minutes until the biscuits are lightly browned around the edges.
  7. Let cool slightly on the pan, then transfer to a rack to cool.
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Notes:

  • This is a shaggy dough, don’t worry too much about getting it perfectly smooth, the biscuits are meant to be rustic.

Have a great weekend!

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    Sulpicia (III)
    February 23, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    I’d love to make these. By old fashioned oats…do you mean steal cut or rolled oats?

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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    June 11, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Baking has always been a means to calm my spirit and give me great satisfaction (in my soul as well as tummy). Such a great and eloquent post. The Gouda sounds so interesting with this oat biscuit. Very nice!

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    Stephanie
    June 11, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I’ve never made biscuits like that before. They look lovely! Great photos Sue.

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    Kathy
    June 10, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Such a lovely, accurate post! I have always found the most joy in the little things in life! Sunsets, the smiles of my grandkids, early morning quite…with just the sound of the birds! Your crackers look so perfectly delicious!

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    Gerlinde in Dallas
    June 10, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I look forward to each morning when I’m settled with my iced espresso. Your crackers (with a bit of jam) would be a lovely way to begin the day!

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    Magnolia Verandah
    June 10, 2012 at 6:27 am

    Pinned for sure! Great photos makes you want to have that glass of red and yearn for biscuits and cheese.

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    tasteofbeirut
    June 10, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I agree with these reflections on the human spirit; personally, as long as I can get busy in the kitchen baking something I will always be in a good mood! Love these crackers, and Patricia Wells!

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    Mary
    June 10, 2012 at 3:41 am

    I truly love this post, Sue. I’m sharing it. Thanks!

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    DaniBP
    June 10, 2012 at 12:09 am

    I love this post and I may even try to make those crackers. That gouda is my favorite.

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    Amy
    June 9, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Ah I just bought this cookbook, signed by Patricia Wells (!) from a used bookstore a few weeks ago. And crackers and cheese are just about my favorite meal of all time, no joke. So I am definitely trying these out soon! Thanks for sharing, Sue, and I loved the message of this post.

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    June 9, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    It’s not often that someone makes home made crackers. These look delicious. I’m heading to or close to your old stomping grounds in NH. We are heading to The Beach Plum in Rye for a lobsta roll!!

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    Inside a British Mum's Kitchen
    June 9, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Oh Sue! these are bookmarked!! delicious, simple and perfect with cheese – as shown – or a bowl of soup or just for a quick nibble – lovely!
    Mary x

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    Linda A. Thompson Ditch
    June 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    What a lovely post! A person will always find happiness if they learn to look for and enjoy the little pleasures life gives us. I’m making these oat crackers this weekend!

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    Heather @girlichef.com
    June 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Those are definitely some of the things that make me the happiest! These crackers are beautiful, saving the recipe to try! And that cheese…mmmmm…

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