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Homemade Crackers

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Ingredients:
  • 1 Cup Wheat Flour
  • 3/4 Cup All Purpose Flour (I use unbleached) 
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 6 Tablespoons Chilled Butter (cut into pieces and throw in freezer for a few minutes)
  • 1/3 Cup Water (or more if kneaded <--- funny typo :)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla
Directions:
  1. Cut butter and place in freezer
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  3. Sift dry ingredients into food processor (or you can ignore my sifting ways)
  4. Pulse until mixture forms into small clumps (or cut in using fork or pastry cutter into a mixing bowl) and transfer to mixing bowl
  5. Add liquids and knead slightly (it only seemed to take a couple times of forming and kneading the ball out to mix)
  6. Grab a baseball sized chunk and roll out the dough onto pizza stone or parchment paper, making sure to use plenty of flour (use either kind) - You really can't go "too thin" on these
  7. Cut using pizza or cookie cutter - (weird ends just get gobbled up, no problem!) and transfer to cookie sheet if you're not doing it on the pizza stone
  8. Dust very lightly with sea salt (I do one gentle dash) and bake for 10-12 minutes (this is the only tricky part -the edges may burn and you may want to play around with which rack you put them on - Keep close watch!)

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syntheticjesso
Mar. 21st, 2012 11:59 pm (UTC)
Sift dry ingredients into food processor (or you can ignore my sifting ways)

OR, you can do like Alton Brown does, and use the food processor as the sifter. Measure in the ingredients, pulse a few times, and BAM it's as good as sifted, and mixed to boot.

Also, do you add the butter to the flour for step 4? I think that was left out, but it makes sense.

Anyways! This is perfect timing. I have another recipe I want to try that will need crackers to go with it, so I could be super extra show-off-ey and make my own crackers :D
after_the_ashes
Mar. 22nd, 2012 02:05 am (UTC)
Ooh, that sounds like the perfect way to sift! And yes, the butter goes there - thanks for catching it! No matter how many times I go over it, there's always something! Also, yay for being extra show-off-ey :)
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