Black Pepper Oatcakes

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Ingredients (7)

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more for finishing
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • cold water
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

These slightly spicy, toasty oat treats are the perfect muse for your favorite cheese.

I started with James Martin’s recipe from Castle in the Country. The first two times I made these I cooked them on a griddle. They were crisp and delicious, but the edges of my crackers always curled.

Instructions

  1. 1Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. 2Place one cup of rolled oats in the bowl of a food processor. Process until very fine like a flour. Add the remaining cup of oats, butter, salt and pepper. Pulse until coarse crumbs appear.
  3. 3With the processor running, slowly add enough water just until the mixture resembles large curds. Don’t wait for it to form a ball and ride on the blade, or you risk overdoing it.
  4. 4Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured board. Bring it together with your hands adding more water if necessary. You want a soft, cohesive dough that isn’t sticky.
  5. 5Roll the dough out to an 1/8-inch thickness. Using a pastry cutter, cookie cutter, or knife cut the dough into any shapes you like. Transfer the crackers to a large baking sheet.
  6. 6Combine the milk and sugar in a small bowl stirring to dissolve the sugar. Brush the tops of the crackers and sprinkle with salt.
  7. 7Bake for 20 minutes, until the bottoms are lightly browned. Allow crackers to cool on the sheet for five minutes then remove to a wire rack. Store in airtight containers when completely cool.
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