Kauranäkkileipä- Rustic Gluten-Free Oat Crackers

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Those of you living on the mainland might have better luck finding good, inexpensive gluten-free crackers, but out here in Hawaii they cost something ridiculous… like $6 to $8 for a small box.  At that price, I’m going to have to have one major craving to justify the purchase.

And since I hadn’t found a good cracker recipe that replicated the buttery goodness of a Ritz or Townhouse, that means most of the time I’m eating cheese all by its lonesome and soup without any accompaniment.  But let’s face it… nobody wants to live a life without crackers.

I’ll admit that I didn’t have much hope for my gluten-free adaptation for Beatrice Ojakangas’s oatmeal cracker recipe.  Specifically, I wasn’t sure how uncooked oats would affect the texture and whether the dough would stick together like one that container gluten.  I did run into some issues rolling out the dough as directed in the initial recipe, but changing to a roll the dough into a ball and smoosh with your hands technique was a simple solution.

You end up with a charmingly imperfect cracker (I’m going with the term “rustic”… just roll with it) that’s full of buttery goodness and super easy to make. Just be sure to try to smoosh the dough to approximately even thickness so they’ll bake up even and crispy.  And now my cheese and soup won’t have to be consumed all by their lonesome.  All will be right with the world…

Kauranäkkileipä- Rustic Gluten-Free Oat Crackers

Yield: approximately 24 crackers

Ingredients:

* 3/4 cup gluten-free oats
* 1/2 cup milk
* 4 Tablespoons melted butter
* 1 Tablespoon sugar
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 cup rice flour
* 1/3 cup plus 1 Tablespoon sorghum flour
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and lightly grease a baking sheet or line with a Silpat mat.

Place the oatmeal in a large bowl and pour the milk over it. Let sit for 5-10 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to mix.

Roll small pieces of dough in your hands and then press the dough into flat disks and place on prepared baking sheet. Prick the surface of the dough with a fork. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the edges of the crackers are turning golden brown. Best when eaten the same day.

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