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drewb123 Nov 13, 2009 02:10 PM

I am looking to make some homemade crackers.. Anyone willing to share some tried yummy recipes?

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    HillJ RE: drewb123 Nov 13, 2009 03:15 PM

    http://thespitefulchef.blogspot.com/2...

    This is a great cracker recipe and repurposes the use of a cookie press which makes it doubly genius.

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      alkapal RE: HillJ Nov 16, 2009 03:54 AM

      bookmarked!

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        somervilleoldtimer RE: HillJ Dec 13, 2009 09:46 AM

        I have a cookie press that someone gave me that I've never used, because the one time I had cookies from a cookie press, they tasted like dog biscuits (the baker apologized in advance.) It was not a strong sell for the use of a cookie press. But now . . . I'm gonna take it out of the back of the cupboard and make these crackers!

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          HillJ RE: somervilleoldtimer Dec 13, 2009 09:54 AM

          somervilleoldtimer, those crackers and delicious! I've played around with the ingredients several times. Various dry cheeses, diff oils and diff herbs. My fav diecut style is the one pictured on the blog. Holds up the best. Have fun!

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            Val RE: HillJ Dec 13, 2009 10:06 AM

            LOL, that is a funny blog!!!! HillJ, about how many crackers do you get from this recipe?? Would you say 2 dozen? I did not see the yield listed.

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              HillJ RE: Val Dec 13, 2009 10:46 AM

              Val depending on the diecut, 2.0-2.5 dozen. The CIA trained blogger is a hoot!

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                HillJ RE: Val Dec 13, 2009 10:53 AM

                http://www.thedeliciouslife.com/basic...

                Val, if you enjoy bloggers (as much as I do) this one is adorable. Her "inner Jew" take on potato latkes (plus recipe) won my heart.

        2. mels RE: drewb123 Nov 13, 2009 05:05 PM

          I haven't tried these yet but I have been meaning to. I watched the episode on Food TV and they looked awesome.

          Parmesan and Black Pepper crackers:
          http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in...

          1. Chris VR RE: drewb123 Nov 14, 2009 08:32 AM

            Krissywats posted this a while back:

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/278744#1476246

            Leading to followup threads at:

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/279076

            and

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/279101

            and

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/279154

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              HillJ RE: Chris VR Nov 14, 2009 08:37 AM

              Boy, those threads take me back.

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                toodie jane RE: HillJ Nov 15, 2009 09:04 AM

                HillJ

                any reason you couldn't divide the dough into smaller parts and run through a pasta machine for thinness?

                always wanted to try crackers; may make them for goodie-gifts this year for my customers rather than toffee. They sound so easy--and not so expensive!

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                  HillJ RE: toodie jane Nov 15, 2009 09:58 AM

                  toodie jane, if using a pasta machine of the manual variety I would go with the thickest setting but I have no experience with an electric machine with variety blades or die shapes. Care to give it a try & report back?

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                    toodie jane RE: HillJ Nov 15, 2009 07:28 PM

                    really, the thickest setting? I was imagining the need for thinness...

                    sure, I'll try it.

            2. blue room RE: drewb123 Nov 15, 2009 10:10 AM

              I have a copy of "Cookies and Crackers" from the Time Life "The Good Cook" series. I'll list the cracker recipes, I'll paraphrase the recipe(s) that interest you.

              Baked "Potato Chips"
              Norwegian Flatebread
              Uncle Max's Rye Crackers
              Oat Crackers
              Donegal Oatcake
              Orford's Water Biscuits
              Scotch Oatcakes
              Peanut Crackers
              Rye Crackers
              Bath Oliver Crackers
              Cracknel Crackers
              Crackers with Cracklings and White Wine
              Savory Crackers
              Sesame Seed Wafers
              Chive Crackers
              Poppy Seed Crackers
              Indian Fenugreek Crackers
              Graham Crackers
              Homemade Nut and Date Crackers
              Caraway, Salt, or Cheese Straws
              Hot Cheese Crackers
              Thick Parmesan Crackers
              Sefton Fancies
              Stiltonettes
              Cheddar Chips

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                drewb123 RE: blue room Nov 15, 2009 10:37 AM

                Hi Blue- thanks.. the thick parm crackers sound fab! also baked potato chips???

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                  alkapal RE: blue room Nov 16, 2009 03:57 AM

                  rye crackers
                  stiltonettes
                  chive crackers
                  nut and date crackers

                  heck, i just need to buy the book. ;-)).
                  blue room, please don't paraphrase the recipes for me. i'm gonna google 'em, and see what i find first.....

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                    blue room RE: alkapal Nov 16, 2009 08:32 AM

                    alkapal, just in case, here are the chive crackers: makes 30

                    1 cup whole wheat flour
                    1/2 cup wheat germ
                    1/4 teaspoon salt
                    4 tablespoons butter, in pieces
                    1/4 cup fresh chives, chopped fine
                    1 egg
                    3 to 4 tablespoons cold milk

                    Cut the butter into the flour, germ, and salt until it is like "coarse meal". Mix in the egg and chives and milk--do the milk just a spoon at a time--until you have a stiff dough that you can roll to 1/8 inch on a floured board. At 400F, bake 1 inch rounds for 10 minutes ('til light brown) on a buttered baking sheet. Cool on rack. These are from "Rodale's Naturally Great Foods Cookbook" by Nancy Albright. The correct name is "Chive Wafers" .

                    The "Homemade Nut and Date Crackers" might be almost a cookie--note the sugar--but imagine these with cream cheese--! They came from the book "The Bread Tray" by Louis P. De Gouy

                    1 cup flour sifted with 1/3 teaspoon salt
                    1 cup nuts, ground
                    1 cup dates pitted and ground
                    1 cup sugar
                    3 eggs beaten

                    Coat the nuts and dates well with flour. Mix sugar and eggs, add nut mixture. Roll out 1/4 inch thick, cut this flat piece in half and bake for 12 to 15 minutes at 350F, until firm. When completely cool, cut into pieces. Keep cool and dry.

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                      alkapal RE: blue room Nov 16, 2009 04:48 PM

                      blue room, thanks for the recipes. you're a sweetheart.

                2. blue room RE: drewb123 Nov 15, 2009 02:32 PM

                  The "Thick Parmesan.." are attributed to Elizabeth David, and sound like simplicity itself!
                  (Makes 12 crackers)
                  4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
                  1 cup flour
                  2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
                  1 egg yolk
                  salt
                  cayenne pepper

                  First moosh the butter into the flour well , then the Parm and egg yolk, and 1 pinch each of salt and cayenne. Work it all together well, adding a few drops of water if it's too dry to roll out. Roll to 1/2 inch thickness, and cut into 1 inch circles. The crackers should go into the center of a 325F oven, until delicately browned, about 20 minutes. Tastiest when fresh and hot, of course. The recipe is from "Spices, Salt and Aromatics in the English Kitchen."

                  The potato "chips" are from Janet Kaplan, "Crackers and Snackers"

                  Makes 30
                  1 1/4 cups tepid water
                  1/4 cup potato flour
                  salt

                  Into 3/4 cups of water, gradually whisk the potato flour. When smooth, add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and slowly whisk in the remaining water. The batter will be like thin mashed potatoes, which should be dropped by heaping teaspoons onto a buttered non-stick (I would use parchment paper covered) cookie sheet. 2 inches apart, it says, they must spread. Sprinkle with more salt. The oven should be preheated to 375F--cook the crackers for 15 minutes, then at 325F for about another 10 minutes until crisp and brown.

                  I admire you for doing crackers!

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                    smtucker RE: drewb123 Nov 16, 2009 06:22 PM

                    I have been making crackers lately. Still working on the perfect recipe, using the King Arthur Flour book as my guide. While rustling around in my kitchen gadget box, I discovered the PERFECT cutting tool. It is a hand-held ravioli cutter, with removable wheels so you can adjust the cracker size.

                    http://www.tablepride.co.nz/cs/prodDe...

                    So, if you bought this on a whim years ago, pull it out for cracker-making. I bought mine for $8.95 at a now-out-of-business cookware shop.

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                      mommasue RE: drewb123 Nov 23, 2009 01:22 PM

                      I love this Fine Cooking recipe. I make it regularly. Use a pasta machine to roll really thin crackers--makes all the difference.

                      For the topping:
                      1 Tbs. sesame seeds
                      2 tsp. poppy seeds
                      2 tsp. fennel or caraway seeds
                      3/4 tsp. kosher salt
                      For the dough:
                      6-3/4 oz. (1-1/2 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour; more for rolling
                      2 oz. (scant 1/2 cup) whole-wheat flour
                      1 tsp. table salt
                      3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil

                      Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and heat the oven to 450°F.
                      Make the topping:

                      In a small bowl, stir the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and fennel or caraway seeds. Fill another small bowl with water and set it aside along with a pastry brush and the kosher salt.
                      Make the dough:

                      In a large bowl, whisk the all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, and table salt. Add the olive oil and 1/2 cup water to the flour; stir with a rubber spatula until it collects into a soft, crumbly ball of dough. Use the spatula or your hands to press the dough against the sides of the bowl to gather all the stray flour.

                      Set the dough on a lightly floured work surface and portion it into thirds. Pat each portion into a square. Set two squares aside and cover with a clean towel. Roll the remaining dough into a rectangle about 1/16 inch thick and 7 or 8 inches wide by 14 or 15 inches long. Whenever you feel resistance, lift up one edge of the dough and sprinkle more flour underneath before you continue rolling.

                      With a pastry brush, brush the dough lightly with water and sprinkle about a third of the seed mix evenly over the surface. Sprinkle with 1/4 tsp. of the kosher salt. With a dough scraper, pizza cutter, ravioli cutter, or sharp knife, cut the dough in half lengthwise and then cut across to make rectangles roughly 2 by 4 inches. Don’t bother trimming the edges; rustic edges add character.

                      Transfer to an unlined baking sheet. Bake until nicely browned, about 10 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.

                      While each batch is baking, clean your work surface as needed and repeat the rolling and cutting with the remaining portions of dough. Store the cooled crackers in a zip-top plastic bag. They’ll keep for up to a week.
                      Variations

                      Rosemary & Sea Salt Crackers: Add 2 Tbs. chopped fresh rosemary to the dry ingredients in the dough. Skip the seed topping and instead sprinkle each batch of crackers with 1/4 tsp. fine sea salt.

                      From Fine Cooking 89, pp. 45
                      October 15, 2007

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