February 08, 2011

A creative way to use your pasta machine...

...or rolling pin for that matter, but it wouldn't have made quite as good a blog title.

Anyway.  Either kitchen tool you choose to use will make delightfully perfect crackers which is the food gossip I'd like to share with you today.

Now I may sound cracked up out of my mind suggesting you make homemade crackers, but hear me out...

Homemade crackers are:

way cheaper than store bought

easy to make in bulk amounts and store well
can be tweaked to anyone's tastes or dietary needs


aren't half as time consuming to make as you are thinking right now, so stop!

My favorite recipe comes from MaryJanes Farm It's simple, adjustable and makes about 3 dozen crackers that keep seemingly forever in a tin.

Basic Farmhouse Crackers

1 1/2 C flour                          3/4 t salt
1 1/2 t cream of tartar           1/4 C oil
3/4 t baking soda                  1/2 C water
1 egg                                    2 t sugar
1 t balsamic vinegar               1/4 C toasted sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 350* and wipe your baking sheets with oil.  Combine flour, cream of tartar, salt and baking soda and mix well. 

(this is where I have the most fun- get a little crazy with your flours!  Look at all the types I threw in this time.)

 Add oil and stir until mixture is crumbly.  Then add water and stir until dough forms.  Roll out dough on a floured surface (or use a pasta machine!) until it is quite thin.

Brush dough with a whisked mixture of egg, sugar and vinegar then sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Cut, tear or use cookie cutters to shape the crackers as you please, transfer to baking sheet and bake for about 15-20 minutes until browned.

field notes: Oven time varies depending on the thickness of your crackers.  If your crackers eventually do go stale, just freshen them up for a few moments in a 250* oven.  Try all different kinds of combinations of seeds, liquids and herbs!

And if these Farmhouse Crackers sound yummy to you, then you should definitely check out these gingerbread crackers, too!

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