Sunday, December 4, 2011

Home made crackers

I am having a Christmas party this Sunday (I know it is awfully early) and so I decided rather than going out and buying crackers for my cheese and quince paste platter I would make my own.  I had seen these being made when I was lying on the couch a couple of weeks ago sick and unable to do anything but watch the Food Network.  I found the recipe from Laura Calder on the food network web page. I have of course changed it a little but not materially

2/3 cup butter
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
1 egg
2 to 3 tablespoons cold water

Put the butter, sugar, salt, water and egg in a food processor and mix until the ingredients have formed a smooth paste.

Then add the dry ingredients and pulse a few times until the mixture looks like course bread crumbs,
do not overwork. Then pour into a bowl.

Add the cold water and mix with a wooden spoon until just holding together.  Bring it together then cut into two pieces.

Roll the dough out 1/16 of an inch thick. Cut into squares or cut out with a cookie cutter, I did both half  square and half round.

Sprinkle over the topping(s) I did some with Malden salt, some with herb's de Provence and the remainder with zatar. After sprinkling on the toppings I pressed each one gently to make sure it was embedded and not going to roll off.

Transfer to a baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes, or until puffed, crisp, and golden brown.  The round ones puffed up a little more than the square ones, in fact they are so puffy I am not sure how you put cheese on them!

For these reason I think I might make square ones in future.  But they all tasted good.

Some other toppings that were suggested in the original recipe were:- crushed dill seed; or crushed fennel seed and crushed coriander seed with 5spice; or paprika and cayenne pepper; or poppyseeds; or sesame seeds; or mixed peppercorns; or crushed cumin seed and cayenne pepper, or Parmesan cheese and Fleur de sel.

I will definitely make these again this holiday season and will probably try some of the other toppings.


  1. looks great...nice to try for the entertaining season!

  2. I will vouch for the wonderful taste of these crackers. The ones you served at the Christmas party were perfectly seasoned.