Baking| Garlic & Herb Whole Wheat Crackers with Roasted Red Bell Pepper Dip … SRC

“Without garlic I simply would not care to live.”
Louis Diat

Garlic Herb Crackers with Creamy Bell Pepper DipIt continues to be a busy month, where blogging seems to get to the back burner even though it rules my mind 24 X 7. In the midst of this, it’s time for the SRC, an event that I am committed to; a deadline that cannot be missed! So here on fast track is a beautiful and delicious Creamy Roasted Red Bell Pepper Dip from my assigned secret blog – Sweet Beginnings a blog about sweet, sugary treats, and home cooked meals.

The Secret Recipe Club, the brainchild of Amanda of Amanda’s Cookin’. The idea behind the club – Each month you are “assigned” a participating food blogger to make a recipe from. It’s a secret, so don’t tell them you are making something from their blog! Click on the link if you want to join the fun!!

Garlic Herb Crackers with Creamy Bell Pepper DipOf late, the festival season has piled loads of sweet stuff upon our delighted palettes. So I explored Jaidas blog for savoury stuff, and happily, I found plenty! Loads of wonderful seafood, fish, chicken; posts tagged with inspiration of all sorts – Asian, vegetarian, What’s Baking, appetizers and then this wonderful creamy bell pepper dip which she served with a grilled chicken ‘sammich’.Garlic Herb Crackers with Creamy Bell Pepper DipThe grilled chicken sammich sounded just wonderful and I think what made it really stand out was this creamy red pepper sauce the talented girl created for a recipe swap. Of the sauce she says, ” The sauce is super-delish and also goes great with burgers…you should try it ASAP!” I did and it was yum!Garlic Herb Crackers with Creamy Bell Pepper DipFestival season, school holiday on every other day for one reason or another, a wedding in the family, the hub BUSY at work … and me dog tired like never before.  Yet I snatched a moment yesterday to make crackers as the kids were feeling deprived that their Mama doesn’t seem to bake that much any more. Garlic Herb Crackers with Creamy Bell Pepper DipThese are crisp easy breezy crackers from a Mark Bittman recipe that I adapted to include some whole wheat flour. It’s a wonderful basic recipe that is takes well to any flavour you might like. I used garlic and dried herbs, and next time might do sesame, or sea salt with black pepper, poppy seeds … or maybe the bagel spice I used on these Same Day New York Bagels. Roasted bell peppersGarlic Herb Crackers with Creamy Bell Pepper DipThe creamy roasted red bell pepper dip {sauce} is just what I wanted as a pairing for these crackers. Vibrant and delicious, I loved the way Jaida added cream cheese to it! I used a local substitute {cheese spread} and skipped the mayo as the dieting diva was dancing on my head!Garlic Herb Crackers with Creamy Bell Pepper DipIt still was every bit delicious as it looks. Simple and addictive, its a great sauce/dip for burgers, sandwiches, crackers, fresh veggies, crudites and possibly even wraps! I adapted the recipe a  bit, and I’m glad I got inspired  to follow Jaida’s basic creation.Garlic Herb Crackers with Creamy Bell Pepper DipAdd some balsamic or go with the mayonnaise, and do make sure you add the cream cheese … then sit back and enjoy! My kids loved these to bits. Crisp whole wheat crackers and finger licking good creamy roasted red bell pepper dip … healthy and addictive!

Garlic & Herb Whole Wheat Crackers with Roasted Red Bell Pepper Dip


Prep Time: 30 minutes

Bake Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: Serves 4

Garlic & Herb Whole Wheat Crackers with Roasted Red Bell Pepper Dip

Crisp whole wheat crackers and finger licking good creamy roasted red bell pepper dip … healthy and addictive! Crackers from Mark Bittman Dip from Sweet Beginnings


Garlic & Herb Whole Wheat Crackers

1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus more as needed

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

2 cloves garlic {+/- depending on your love for garlic}

1 tbsp dried Italian herbs

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons butter

About 1/4 cup water, plus more as need

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

3 roasted red bell peppers

4 tbsp cheese spread {or cream cheese}

1 clove garlic

1/2 tsp red chili flakes

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Dash white wine vinegar

Salt & pepper to taste


    Garlic & Herb Whole Wheat Crackers
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C.
  2. Place the flours, salt, garlic, herbs and butter together in a large bowl or in the container of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Blend with a fork or pulse, until the flour and butter are combined. Add about 1/4 cup of water and blend, then continue to add water until the mixture holds together but is not sticky.
  3. Thermomix:Place all ingredients except water and run at Speed 6 for 7-8 seconds until breadcrumb like texture. Add water, run for another 5 seconds to combine. Then add 1/4 cup water and knead for 2 minutes. {Check by pinching dough between fingertips to see if it holds together; add a little more water if required}.
  4. Roll out on a lightly floured surface until 1/4 inch thick, or even less. Don't worry about overhandling-add flour as needed, and keep rolling.
  5. Cut into strips with a pastry cutter {or pizza wheel}, and transfer to baking sheet with the help of a flat spatula. {You can even cut them after transferring the rolled out dough to the baking sheet, or roll out the dough on parchment and transfer the sheet to the baking tray.}
  6. Bake until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Cool on a rack; serve warm or at room temperature , or store in a tin.
  7. Roasted Red Bell Pepper Dip
  8. Mix all ingredients together in food processor until well-blended. Taste and adjust seasoning if required.

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  1. Great crackers! Perfect with that luscious roasted bell pepper dip.



  2. Crackers… dip… they both look extremely yummy! Probably a good thing I don’t have them in front of me 😉

  3. Omg, both looks stunning and extremely inviting.
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  4. With the holidays coming up these would be more than perfect Deeba!

  5. Absolutely love the red bell pepper dip! very well paired with the crackers!
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  6. Hi. Loved the combination dear and I’m now longing to try it.


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  7. the crackers are so pretty! great choice for SRC!
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  9. I just love roasted red peppers, this must be so super good.
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  10. What a great recipe! I’ve never made crackers before, but it sounds really simple. I should give it a try. And I love garlic, so this recipe must be really delish!
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  11. Hi Deeba, I used to make crackers awhile back and this inspired me to make them again. It will be great as we approach the Holidays. I always think of them as festive. Love your post as always!

  12. Your pictures ate beyond gorgeous and the recipes sound wonderful too.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Pork Belly Soup with Collard Greens.

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  13. Wonderful choice for SRC. I love recipes that can be used many ways. I love the creativity of turning this into a dip. Brava Deeba!
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  14. This looks like such a delicious combination! Perfect for the upcoming holiday party season…yum!
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  15. Such pretty photos..I know I will enjoy that dip..

    the crackers look perfect and the so right for this.
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  16. Awesome snack Deeba…love the dip!
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  17. Love this dip – yum, roasted red peppers are so tasty! :) And homemade crackers – wow, those look so good! :)
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  18. What a fabulous snack. The color is gorgeous! I hope life settles back to normal soon. I’ve been missing you!
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  19. Oh, my! I love the flavor combinations you have here. Sounds and looks so delicious that I have to make these. Great SRC pick!!

  20. I have a tub of cream cheese in the fridge just crying out to be used – this seems like the perfect recipe.

  21. The dip looks great. Nice to see something savory on your space, guess I prefer savory to sweet!
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  22. Fantastic, Deeba, and this is going to my growing list of recipes with red bell peppers as I am in a “passion” stage with the combination red bell peppers + dough. I have recently baked some bread inside the peppers ( and they turned out so good, I just want to keep on experimenting more and more.
    And once again, your photos are breathtaking!
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  23. Your pictures look so inviting. They really make the food look twice as good.
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  24. We recently had some crackers and red pepper dip at a restaurant and my hubby has been asking me to make it at home ever since! I will definitely use your recipe :)
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  25. Yay for crackers and dip! they look divine, Deeba,with my oven in absentia for god knows how long, I shall keep this cracker recipe in my must-do list, merci beaucoup:-)
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  26. Oh I love that crackers!! ;o)
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  27. The dip is so attractive, can imagine anything served along ! I am picking up bell peppers on my way home !
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  28. The crackers are fantastic. They would be perfect for a party.

  29. I love making crackers and that dipping sauce sounds just perfect. with it.
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  31. Mmm, the recipe looks yummy. A great snack as well as comfort food. I’ll definitely try this one. Thanks for your share!
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  32. Drool-worthy photos and seriously tempting recipe. I’m tempted not to leave this space, really!
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  33. I love these twists. They’re whimsical and great for parties.

  34. Such a great SRC pick Deeba!! I am absolutely putting both the dip and the crackers on my list to try! Gorgeous, gorgeous photos as always :-)
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  35. I love the smoky flavour of roasted red bell pepper and this spicy dip is something I cant wait to try. loved your pics
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  36. With all the holiday parties coming up i am always looking for a good new dip – this looks fabulous!

  37. Delicious! I really looks so delicious, creamy, flavorful! I must try this and it is perfect for the holidays. Love the pics, babes! I hope you are keeping your head above water! xoxo
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  38. This looks faboulous! I love pepepr dip and the crackers look divine! Your photos are gorgeous!!
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