Homemade Oat Crackers ~ sturdy little rustic whole grain crackers in the Scottish tradition, perfect with cheese.
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. 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 at the end of 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
- 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
- Set oven to 400F
- 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.
- Pulse the machine just until a dough forms, but stop before it becomes a ball.
- 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.
- Cut with a 2" cookie cutter into rounds and transfer to a nonstick baking sheet.
- 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.
- Let cool slightly on the pan, then transfer to a rack to cool.
- This is a shaggy dough, don’t worry too much about getting it perfectly smooth, the biscuits are meant to be rustic.