Be prepared to not be blown away. This is just a fun, little bite of homemade food, not the key to world peace. But sometimes homemade, savory little bites are just a perfect little project. Also, if your people think Nabisco is the only entity that can make crackers, you can prove otherwise. This would be a fun project with kids, too. Of course anything that involves cookie cutters is a good project for kids.
If you don’t have any little bitty cookie cutters, you can also use a pizza wheel or any other knife to cut your dough into little squares or triangles, or whatever little shape floats your boat. In a pinch you could use the lid off of a oil bottle or something. Of course that’s exactly the kind of thing that makes me throw breakables around, because I’m sure the sweet little circles of dough would get gummed up and stuck on the lid. But in a pinch…
So, this is a food processor project. You could do it with a pastry tool too.
|Cheese Crackers|| |
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon seasoning salt (Johnny’s if you have it, or plain kosher)
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne
- ¼ cup shortening, cut into ½ inch cubes
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, cut into ½ inch cubes
- 1 cup grated cheeses
- 1 teaspoon dried herb of your choice (optional)
- 2 tablespoons cold water
- Preheat to 300.
- In the bowl of your food processor, pulse the flour, salt, cayenne and herbs a few times. Toss in the shortening and pulse a few times more. Repeat with the butter. Then put in the cheeses and pulse until all the ingredients are nicely integrated.
- Remove this sandy mix to a floured surface and sprinkle with up to 2 tablespoons of water or as much or little as you need to make the mix form into a nice workable dough. Flour your rolling pin and roll out the dough to a ⅛ inch thickness. Cut the dough into shapes and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet or a sheet lined with a Silpat.
- Bake at 300 degrees for about 16 minutes or until the crackers are firm, but not browned. Move to a wire rack to cool.
I used Swiss and Cheddar cheeses. After I was finished, I kicked myself for not throwing in some bleu cheese, too. I think that would be quite tasty. I used dried thyme for my crackers. I think rosemary would be interesting also.
Double this recipe if you want to make a million crackers.