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Friday, 27 July 2012

Cheesy Wholemeal Crackers

I decided to make these because I really couldn't be bothered getting out of my PJs and "quicky" do a supermarket trip with a toddler... plus I wanted to demolish the brie I had waiting in the fridge for me. Not only are these more nutritious and delicious than store bought cheesy crackers, they're fun way to encourage kids to get in the kitchen. You can also make a big batch of them as they freeze well for later.

Ok, before the recipe there are a few tips I've discovered in making these.
  • Make sure you roll out the dough really thin, the thinner the crisper.
  • These babies go from under done to char grilled in a nano second, so watch them!
  • Get creative with cookie cutters, what kids doesn't like animal crackers


1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup white flour
1/2 tsp sea salt + more for garnish
2 tbs olive oil
2/3 cup water
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated & at room temp

Firstly combine the flours and the sea salt in a large bowl and give them a bit of a mix, just to combine them. Add all the other ingredients to the bowl. Then, either by hand, or using the dough hook on your mixer, knead the dough for 5 minutes until the dough is smooth & well mixed.

Divide the dough in half and set one half aside placing a tea towel over it. Using parchment paper lay down one piece on a clean counter, place the dough half on top and then use another piece of parchment paper on top of the dough. Roll the dough out on the between the sheets, rolling as thin as you can. Pay close attention to getting the middle thin too! I find using this technique, you can get the dough super thin without too much trouble.

Cut the crackers in whatever shape you like and place them on a baking tray with some sort of non stick sheet whether it be parchment of a cookie sheet. Prick each cracker with a fork and for optional flavour, sprinkle the entire tray with sea salt..  If you do sprinkle the crackers with sea salt, gently press the salt into the crackers with your hands.

Bake each tray of crackers at 180c for 15-20 minutes.  Set your timer for 10 minutes and then for every 3-5 minutes after that. Remember, these babies burn!

When lightly browned and crunchy, remove the crackers from the oven. Cool slightly on the tray before using a metal spatula to remove them.
Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Store crackers longer by freezing them.

Remember if you're making these with kids let them get their hands dirty. Kids LOVE to help and feel like they're contributing. When they're older they could be making meals for you!



Do you make crackers at home? I'd love for you to share recipes :)

1 comment:

  1. I want to eat these without making them! They look YUM!