Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Simple Homemade Rustic Crackers

One of my favorite snacks has got to be cheese and crackers.  I think cheese is on almost every girl's favorite foods list! Types like Brie, Gruyere, Sharp Cheddar, or Goat are heavenly. Mmm, mmm, mmm! However, for crackers, it's usually some simple wheat cracker, or a fewTriscuits. Nothing too fancy, but it gets the job done.

I decided to be a little adventurous the other day, and baked some homemade crackers to spice up my snack time! I found this rustic cracker recipe on the internet. It is extremely simple and very rewarding!

What you will need to make these rustic crackers:

-2 cups flour
-2/3 cup water
-1/3 cup olive oil
-1/2 t salt
-1 t baking powder
-Egg wash (one egg beaten with 2 T water)
-Toppings of your choice
-2 cookie sheets
-A rolling pin
Instead of choosing just one topping for these crackers, I decided to go with six different combinations!

To begin, preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl, then add in the oil and water until it forms a slightly sticky dough.  
Split the dough into two equal balls to roll out on your two cookie sheets. If your cookie sheet slips away from you as you're rolling, place a towel underneath to add a little support.
Roll out the dough as thin as you can, without ripping it. Don't worry about making a perfect shape, all the imperfections are the perfect size for a taste test!
Once thin enough, paint the dough with the egg wash and begin sprinkling your seasoning and herb combinations onto the dough. 

I wanted to try as many different flavors as possible so I split my dough into 3 sections. 

The combinations I chose were:
salt, rosemary, and thyme
salt, sesame seed, and poppy seed
salt and pepper
minced garlic with garlic powder
onion powder
ground flax seed and sunflower seed

I would have to say my two favorite combinations were the salt, sesame seed, and poppy seed, along with the ground flax and sunflower seeds!
Once your doughs are fully coated in the delicious seasonings of your choosing, go ahead and cut them into any size crackers you want, using a pizza cutter or a sharp knife.  
 Don't worry if they are still stuck together, as long as there is a visible slit between each square.  You can snap the crackers apart once they are cooled.  When ready, put your soon to be crackers into a 400 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.

After the 10 minutes are up, pull a tray out and test your creation.  Do you like your texture? Is it too chewy? Or just right! 

After tasting, I was happy with a very light brown cracker, which was crispy, yet chewy.  However, I was curious as to how they would taste once they cooked and darkened a bit more, so I popped them in for a few more minutes, totaling about 14 minutes. 

They came out even better! Crispy, flavorful, and had great texture! (I highly suggest cooking them longer than 10 minutes.) 
After cooling, smother them in whatever your little tummy desires! For me, it was a wonderfully creamy brie!   
I hope you enjoy!  Please share some other topping suggestions for next time! 

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