Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Stone Ground Whole Wheat Crackers

Yum! On their own or with some of that sundried tomato hummus I made up yesterday, these crackers are so very tasty.
Here's my recipe for these crackers.

Stone Ground Whole Wheat Crackers

1-3/4 cup stone ground whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup hot water
1/4 cup parmesan cheese - grated
Stir the flour, baking soda, salt and grated cheese together in a bowl. Then pour in the olive oil. Using a pastry blender, cut in the oil until the mixture resembles the texture of cornmeal. Add the hot water.
 Stir with a fork until the mixture forms a ball.
Lightly flour a pastry cloth and rolling pin and roll the dough out very thin. Using a pizza cutter, cut the rolled out dough into cracker-sized pieces.
Trasfer the cut crackers onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake in an oven that has been preheated to 400 degrees F for 15 minutes. Turn off the oven, but leave the crackers in the oven for another 10 minutes to make them extra crispy.
 Remove the crackers from the oven and cool. Store in airtight jars.
You can be creative with these crackers by using a different type of cheese, like grated cheddar, blue, feta, etc., but depending on the moisture content of the cheese you substitute, you may have to add a little more flour to make the dough the right consistency to roll out. Or you can substitute an equal amount of seeds for the cheese - flax, sesame, fennel, caraway, sunflower, pumpkin, dried onions, herbs, or even crushed nuts. Try sprinkling a little sea salt on their tops before baking them too if you like a slightly salty cracker.

Compared to what a box of fancy crackers costs at the grocery store, making crackers yourself is easy and very inexpensive. That big bag of flour, at $4.29, was the most expensive ingredient on the list and I only used 1-3/4 cups of it. There is enough flour left to make dozens more batches of these crackers. I've seen fancy boxes of crackers at the store that cost more than that entire bag of flour - just for one box. Amazing! Eat and enjoy.

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