Barley chips

Yield: 55 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 cup All-purpose flour
½ cup Barley flour
½ cup Rolled barley (barley
\N \N Flakes)
2 tablespoons Sugar
¼ teaspoon Salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter or
\N \N Margarine, softened
½ cup Milk

"Very few people really know the taste of barley. Rolled barley looks like oatmeal, but has a slightly sharper taste and less nutty flavor.

These sweet barley crackers have a tender texture. Try them with just a cold glass of milk. 325~F. 20 to 25 minutes Preheat the oven to 325~F.

In a large bowl or in the food processor, stir together the flours, barley, sugar, and salt.

Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add enough of the milk to form a dough that will hold together in a cohesive ball.

Divide the dough into 2 equal portions for rolling. On a floured surface or pastry cloth, roll out to ⅛ to ¼ inch. Cut into 2-inch circles or squares and place on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Prick each cracker in 2 or 3 places with the tines of a fork.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until medium brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Yield: 45-55.

VARIATIONS: For a richer cracker, substitute 2 Tablespoons barley malt syrup for the sugar and reduce the amount of milk slightly.

This recipe can be made with oatmeal (rolled oats) and oat flour for a distinctive oat flavor.

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