For July we were challenged to make two homemade cracker recipes. How fun! Crackers are one of those things that you kind of take advantage of and don’t think to make yourself very often or maybe not at all. I chose to make one savory cracker and one cracker that was a little sweeter in nature : ) And now that I am looking at the mandatory aspects of the challenge, we were actually supposed to use two different techniques with these crackers. I kind of missed that- whoops : / Instead of doing one recipe hand rolled and the other pasta machine rolled or iced box-sliced, I did two hand rolled. My bad. Either way the challenge was a complete success for me!
The first cracker that I made was a “Goldfish” Cheddar Cheese Cracker. Since I didn’t have a goldfish cutter, I made the crackers into simple circles using the large, round side of a pastry tip. And BOY were they easy to make! Just toss the four ingredients into a food processor to combine then add a touch of butter to help the dough come together. Easy as that. The most difficult thing was to roll out the dough and cut out all those tiny little crackers…. talk about tedious!
They ended up coming out simply delicious! I don’t know why I haven’t been baking homemade cheese crackers this whole time- they’re so easy and flavorful. And they have got to be better than the store bought ones. I mean after all, they have no additives, dyes, or preservatives.
Now, if I was impressed with the cheese crackers, then I was completely bowled over by my second cracker- Graham Crackers! WOW. Homemade graham crackers are phenomenal. I think they’re the type of cookie people should really try making at least once in their life. They use a simple creaming method to make the batter and then are rolled out and cut into squares. NOT difficult! Unfortunately, I can only fit one recipe card on a post though, so I will have to wait to share that one with you. Keep your eyes open for it next week : )
- 8 ounces, weight Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
- 4 Tablespoons Butter, Cut Into Cubes
- 1 cup Flour
- ¾ teaspoons Salt
- 2 Tablespoons Cold Water
- Pulse everything (except water) together in the food processor until the dough resembles coarse sand.
- Pulse in water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
- Remove dough from the processor, wrap in plastic, and chill for 20 minutes.
- Roll out the dough and cut into desired shapes. You can use a toothpick to make the eyes and smile if desired. Place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350°F for about 15 minutes, or until crispy.
adapted from Miss Amy