Monday, June 11, 2012

Quick & Easy Homemade Crackers

I've been trying to cut processed foods out of our diet, and therefore out of our pantry, for about a month now. There are some things that I never thought about making myself but I've been breaking out of that mold lately.  One of those things is crackers.

Oh me, oh my y'all. Crackers are so, so, so easy to make.  Easy. Super easy.  Really easy. And so much better than those store-bought kind.  Store-bought crackers are either too dry (and cardboard tasting) or too greasy.  These are delicious and easy to customize.

1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (or whole white wheat flour)
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup water
salt for sprinkling (optional)

Directions :
 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
 In a bowl, stir together the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Add the vegetable oil and water, and mix until just blended. On a lightly flo-ured surface, roll out the dough as thin as you can- 1/8 of an inch or thinner. Spray a cookie sheet lightly with olive oil spray, place the dough on the pan, and mark squares out with a knife. Prick each cracker with a fork several times, and sprinkle with salt (optional). Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in a preheated oven or until crisp. Baking time will vary depending on how thin your crackers are. Allow to cool, then separate crackers.

Tips:  Mark out squares pretty firmly, but do not separate the crackers.  Also, prick firmly (all the way through) as well. If you don't do this, crackers will puff really high.

I think this recipe would also work well as pita bread or even mini-pizza crusts.  Bake for 8-10 minutes instead.

{This is what was left after lunch- half of the recipe.}

Change it up:
-Add some cinnamon and a touch of maple syrup or honey to make a sweeter cracker.
-Add some chopped herbs or special seasonings (garlic, onion powder, etc).
-Add in ground flax for some extra nutrition.

The possibilities are endless!