As part of my new “green” resolutions, I decided to start to add to the things I already make instead of buy. I am trying to lessen the waste we discard, cut down on processed/packaged foods and save a little money on the way.
I recently made my first batch of homemade crackers. I used a simple “pizza dough” recipe from my trusty Joy of Cooking cookbook and was quite pleased with the results. I have only made biscuits from homemade dough and do not have much experience with it. I am sure I have a lot to learn, but I was proud of the tasty homemade crackers I made for my family. The kids loved them and I did too. They were definitely ill shaped, most of the seeds did not stick on and they were not as flat as I had hoped. I think they are perfect for snacking or to dip in hummus or a thicker dip/spread. I am going to continue to experiment and share so… if anyone has a recipe or a tip, I’m all ears.
Here is what I did:
- 2 1/4 teaspoons ACTIVE DRY yeast ( be sure it is NOT quick rising)
- 1 1/3 cups warm water (105-115 degrees F)
- 3 1/2 cup All purpose organic flour
- 2 TBS. organic olive oil
- 1 TBS salt
- Add the yeast to the warm water, mix and let yeast dissolve fully, about 5-6 minutes
- Mix the additional ingredients in the stand mixer until blended (1 minute)
- Knead, using dough hook, on low to medium until dough is smooth and elastic (10 minutes)
- Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled glass bowl, turn it over to coat all sides with oil and cover tightly
- Let rise in warm place (75-80 degrees F) until doubled in volume (1- 1 1/2 hours)
- Preheat oven 450 degrees F
- I divided my one ball of dough into the more manageable balls. Again, I am not experienced in the world of dough so I wanted to take it slowly.
- I lightly dusted my work surface with cornmeal (I think flour would work just fine, just don’t over-use it) and rolled the dough into approximately 1/8 inch thickness. Mine was thicker in some parts than others, and I used a pizza cutter so slice the dough into “rectangles”. If I had mini cookie cutters or a lot more patience I could have made neater shapes.
- I brushed them lightly with a little organic olive oil and sprinkled some with poppy seeds, some with sesame and then combined the two seeds.
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