Sadly, Nu-World Nutrition, our source of flaked hulless barley, went out of business due to illness of the owner, Wally Corum. Happily, the business was taken over by Western Trails Food, a firm in Glendive, MT. Their phone number is 406-377-4284, and website www.westernfood.com
In addition to the basic flaked barley, Western Trails carries pancake mixes, bread mixes, a barley flake cookie mix, and several types of barley, as well as other "cowboy-type" products. They even have whole-grain purple hulless barley that makes a great pilaf or salad. They also offer "booster flakes", a high fiber barley that can be added to cooked cereal, soups and baked products to increase the soluble fiber content. I even put some of this product in meat loaf and casseroles. Anyone with high cholesterol or pre-diabetes would do well to get some barley in their diet every day in this way.
The following recipe for barley bread made with a bread machine is featured by Western Trails Food. This recipe won first prize at the Wheatland County (Montana) county fair last summer.
Honey Barley Bread for the Bread Machine
1-1/3 cups water, fairly warm 325 mL
2 Tbsp. canola oil 30 mL
3 Tbsp. honey 45 mL
1 Tbsp. lemon juice 15 mL
1-1/2 tsp. salt 7 mL
3 cups bread or all-purpose flour 750 mL
1 cup barley flour 250 mL
2 tsp. active yeast 10 mL
Add all ingredients to the inner pot in the order given or as recommended by the instructions for your bread machine. Set the machine to bake as directed.
Note: to turn this into a fruit bread, when the machine beeps, add 1-1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/3 cup raisins, 2 Tbsp. sunflower seeds or nuts, and 2 Tbsp. dried chopped fruit.