Friday, July 27, 2012

Daring Bakers' Project for July - Crackers

Our July 2012 Daring Bakers' Host was Dana McFarland and she challenged us to make homemade crackers! Dana showed us some techniques for making crackers and encouraged to use our creativity to make each cracker our own by using ingredients we love.

My first attempt was a simple, homemade Ritz cracker. I found the recipe at the Cupcake Project. These crackers didn't quite have the flakey texture of store-bought Ritz, but they won Dan's aproval. I liked them best, myself, topped with a bit of peanut butter.



The second batch of crackers I made were called Health Crackers. The recipe for these tasty crisps was provided by our Daring Baker host, Dana, and I've copied it below the photos. In my opinion these crackers were better than the Ritz ones, maybe because I topped them with one of my "faves" . . . sesame seeds . . . and some Kosher salt. They were especially good with a thin slice of cheddar. 










Health Crackers (Roll these by hand):

Servings: Approximately 80 crackers

Ingredients

3 cups (720 ml) (240 gm)(8½ oz) rolled oats
2 cups (480 ml) (280 gm/10 oz) plain (all-purpose) flour
1 cup (240 ml) (80 gm) (2¾ oz) wheat germ
3 tablespoons (45 ml) (40 gm)(1½ oz) sugar
1 teaspoon (5 ml) (6 gm) salt
¾ cup (180 ml) vegetable oil
1 cup (240 ml) water
1 large egg white
Cracker topping:
Sesame seeds, poppy seeds, nigella (onion) seeds, salt
Salt sprinkling

Directions:

1. Mix the oats, flour, wheat germ sugar and salt together in a large bowl or bowl for the standup mixer.
2. Combine the water and oil and stir into the oat mixture until it comes together and a dough forms.
3. Form dough into a disk and allow to rest in the fridge for about 20 minutes but up to a day if you are making the ahead.
4. Preheat the oven to moderate 325°F/160°C/gas mark 3.
5. Divide the dough into quarters and work with one piece at a time, allowing the remaining pieces to stay in the fridge as you proceed with rolling out the crackers.
6. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough to about 1/16 inch (1½ mm) thick and transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet by carefully wrapping the dough around the rolling pin.
7. Brush the dough with the egg white mixed briefly with a tablespoon of water and sprinkle with seeds and salt of your choice.
8. Cut the dough with a pizza wheel and bake for 25-30 minutes until browned. Crackers that are not crispy once cooled may be returned to the oven.
9. Store in an airtight container and eat within two weeks

6 comments:

4pure said...

Both sorts of crackers are uncommon around here, but they do look great.

Gingered Whisk said...

Beautiful job!! Your Ritz and health crackers look awesome! And your Ritz probably don't have the same texture as store bought because they haven't been sitting on a shelf, haha.

Bourbonnatrix said...

you've got me craving ritz and peanut butter! your crackers look great!

What's for dessert? said...

Delicious crackers!

Korena said...

These both look great! You're the second baker I've seen who made that Ritz cracker, so I think I need to check it out ;)

Marcellina said...

I have been so tempted to make the Ritz crackers but now I'm seeing great reports on the Health crackers! I going out to buy some wheatgerm and I love sesame seeds too so I'll make them like yours!