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Monday, March 29, 2010

Cheese Crackers

Why make your own crackers? #1 It is ridiculously easy. #2 It is cheaper. #3 You control what goes in: no preservatives, no unknown chemicals, you can make them truly whole grain. #4 They taste pretty darn good. Tip: If you roll them nice and thin you'll really get a nice crisp cracker, but I suggest trying them on the thicker, softer side sometime. It is almost like eating a cheesy pie crust.

1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 cup flour (you could use white or fresh ground wheat for whole grain)
4 Tbl butter or margarine
1/2 tsp salt, plus more to sprinkle on top
1/4 tsp paprika
1 dash cayenne pepper
1/4 c water

1. Grate cheese in food processor. Switch food processor from the grate to the blade.
2. Add flour, butter, salt, paprika, cayenne to cheese in food processor. Process until everything is mixed/crumbled (maybe 10 seconds?)
3. Add water and process for another 10 seconds.
4. Roll the mixture out onto a greased cookie sheet. Get it as flat as possible.
5. Sprinkle on your desired *seasonings and then cut into your desired shape. You can just use a pizza roller or a knife. I used a pastry wheel for mine.
6. Bake at 425 degrees for about 10 minutes, watching carefully.
7. Cool and enjoy. Once entirely cooled, store in an airtight container (if there are any left to store).

Seasoning Ideas
- sea salt
- garlic salt
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- cajun seasoning
- italian seasoning
- rosemary
- curry powder
- get creative! almost any spice will work!

1 comment:

Bonnie said...

I want to try these crackers.

I love your idea of going organic or natural. Grandma Watkins (my mother) made fruit leather when I was very young and it was delicious. I'm looking forward to all of your recipes-to-come.

And yes, a juicer and Bosch mixer are necessities. I use my often.

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