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Really Easy Whole Wheat Sourdough Crackers

April 11, 2011

Alright, I finally made crackers! I found this recipe from Gina’s blog, HomeJoys and I mixed up the batch last night in 5 minutes. Then I covered it and went to bed. I woke up this morning and spent a few minutes rolling and cutting the dough, baked them and voila! I really like that the recipe is simple and takes very little time. Plus, I need some crackers for the Black Bean Salsa I got at the farmers market yesterday. And of course, they are great for cheese too.

Whole Wheat Sourdough Crackers:

1 cup surdough starter

1 cup flour (I used ¾ whole wheat and ¼ AP)

¼ cup melted butter

½ tsp salt

a few tsp olive oil

any spices you want: I used Garlic Powder and Cayenne Pepper

Directions:

The night before:

Mix starter, flour, butter and salt in a bowl until completely smooth. The dough should be pretty soft, but should hold its shape (think cookie dough). Knead for a few minutes (I just used my hands and pressed it down a few times in the bowl) then make it into a ball, cover with plastic wrap or damp cloth and leave at room temperature over-night.

The next morning:

Preheat oven to 350F. Cut dough in half and roll it out on a greased cookie sheet. You want it to be about 1/8th of an inch thick, so they will be nice and crunchy. Spread a few tsp olive oil on the top and sprinkle on your spices. Use a pizza cutter or large knife to cut into 1” squares (I got about 50 with each batch). Bake for 15 minutes; remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before breaking them up and transferring from the cookie sheet. Repeat with the second half of the batter, OR freeze the other half for later use.

These crackers are excellent! I think they probably compare best to pita chips, they are thicker and have more of a toasted bread quality than a thin cracker. Plus, they were really easy to make. They took a total of 30 minutes hands-on time and the recipe is nice and simple. And with only four ingredients and some spices they are still really flavorful.

I’m most excited to have found a yummy cracker recipe as I have been wanting to start making my own crackers for a while now. I just get frustrated when almost every box label contains a paragraph of ingredients, half of which I cant pronounce.

The other day, when my sister and I were in the grocery store, I found her standing in front of the poultry freezer, grossed out by the packaged chickens (thanks to the documentary, Food Inc). I was triumphantly coming from the snack food aisle with a box of Triscuits, which I discovered, to my surprise, only contain 10 ingredients, and they are all recognizable (except “natural flavors” which is always a little sketchy). We spent the remainder of our trip being somewhat stupidly picky, but I suppose I am glad we both care.

I also like Wasa crackers (Ingredients: Whole grain wheat flour ,Wheat flour,  Canola and palm oil, Water Sugar, Yeast, Salt). Its not that I am protesting all other crackers, it is just that its nice to know that some things can still be less processed than others, and remain on the shelves. I will delve into this further when I try to make yogurt later this week, which was spurred when my favorite plain yogurt which once contained just milk and cultures started adding other fillers a few weeks ago. Needless to say, Its nice to know that I can make my own crackers in less time than it takes me to ride my bike up to the Safeway and buy some. Success.

 

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