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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Homemade Crackers - Red Pepper & Herb

We are making homemade crackers for our party, thought I would share how-to!  No one really thinks of making their own crackers but once you do, you'll never desire to buy crackers from the store.  There is just no better taste than fresh homemade crackers!

This will make several baking sheets of crackers.  How many will depend on how you cut them into squares; it's safe to say it will serve 10 or more people.

 Ingredients:

4 cups freshly ground wheat flour
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp. dill
1 Tbsp. dried red pepper
1/2 Tbsp. thyme
2 tsp. sea salt
2 tsp. sugar
4 Tbsp. olive oil
Enough Half n Half to make a soft dough, (maybe 2 1/2 cups for an idea)

Combine the first seven ingredients in a large mixer.  Be careful not to use fragile whips, something like cookie paddles for the Bosch mixer will work.  If you have a large food processor with a paddle, you can use that.  If you over-do mixing the cracker dough, your crackers are going to be tough and rubbery.  If you combine just until mixed, they will be crisp. 

Now add the olive oil and start adding half-n-half until a soft dough forms.  Just jog the mixer with each addition.  Stop and scrap the sides to combine if you can.  This will prevent over-doing the dough.  Let sit in the refrigerator overnight. 

This recipe can be broken into about 8 portions.  Take one portion and roll a thin 1/8" rectangle on a silicone mat.  Score into squares and bake at 375 degrees until brown.  You can cut off the outer squares and continue to bake if they bake uneven.  Serve with herb cream cheese!  Enjoy!

2 comments:

Shannon said...

Thank you for the recipe and the tips! I have been wanting to venture into making my own crackers since my store bought crackers contain a lot of unhealthy ingredients and preservativs.

Merry CHRISTmas!!!

P.S.: The embrodery pattern arrived--thank you! I enjoyed your 12 Days of Christmas!

Julie said...

These were wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. First time making homemade crackers. I didn't have any dill or thyme so I added garlic powder and we had a get together yesterday and almost the whole batch got eaten:)

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