Baking | Crazy for Crackers … Seedy times with the Daring Bakers!

“You see things and you say ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were and I say ‘Why not?’”
George Bernard Shaw

Seedy CrispsIt’s been a cracker of a July! I crept silently into Daring Bakers on the 2nd of July dreading what I would see. We’ve had the worse summer ever, the hottest, coupled with extended power cuts and monsoons that threaten to fail. Imagine my delight at seeing crackers … just perfect for the season. I had a go at two of the four recipes – Seedy Crisps {ah-mazing} and Health Crackers which were good too, maybe too healthy, but nice with cheese and onion jam!Crackers

Our July 2012 Daring Bakers’ Host was Dana McFarland and she challenged us to make homemade crackers! Dana showed us some techniques for making crackers and encouraged to use our creativity to make each cracker our own by using ingredients we love.

Seedy crisps Seedy Crisps Delicious, light, addictive, versatile and simple to make, crackers can’t get better than this. I love baking savoury crackers; to date my favourite were Ottolenghis Olive Oil Crackers. These Seedy Crisps are now vying for top place!Seedy Crisps It was time to get a little creative as the dough was very simple to roll out. It rolls out really thin so I stamped out some fluted circles from the well behaved dough and baked a batch in my shallow tart tray. I was thrilled to see how well they came out, bite sized and perfect.Seedy Crisps for CanapesThe good thing is that these seedy crisps for canapes are make ahead, healthy and a great discovery! This was the part of the challenge I loved most, the gentle nudge that Dana gave us towards getting creative! The little canapes filled with a creamy cheesy chicken topping stole my heart!Seedy Crisps for Canapes Beautiful little bites! Dress them up as you like … fill ‘em up with a light chicken filling, or caramelised onion jam with blue cheese, maybe a mushroom – red onion olive oil filling, a salsa {peach, tomato, mango} … or get more adventurous and use seasonal fresh fruit and cheese. The pooch was uber delighted to get the little baked leftovers and came out of her bowl covered with sesame and poppy seeds. She is still as naughty as she is charming! I didn’t get a seedy picture coz by the time I grabbed my camera, Coco had made a meal of every last crumb! Crackers!!Red HarissaI used the red harissa which I made recently in the chicken topping and tomato salsa. I served some crackers with the Caramelised Onion & Garlic Jam I make often … good choices for both these crackers.Healthy Crackers I have included the remaining two recipes below and will attempt try them soon. Our talented host Dana hasn’t entered the world of blogging but has been a Daring Baker for a couple of years. Cheeses can be swapped, flours altered and spices changed; I encourage creativity! As long as you a making small crispy platforms on which to add a myriad of toppings, you are on the right track, she says.

Pepper Jack and Oregano Crackers (Roll with pasta rollers or by hand):
Servings: Approximately 80 crackers
Ingredients
1⅔ cups (400 ml) (235 gm) (8¼ oz) all-purpose (plain) flour
2¼ cups (540 ml) (225 gm/8 oz) grated pepper jack cheese, firmly packed
2 teaspoons (10 ml) (1 gm) dried oregano
½ teaspoon (2½ ml) (3 gm) salt
½ teaspoon (2½ ml) (½ gm) black pepper
½ cup (120 ml) (4 fl oz) vegetable oil
½ cup (120 ml) (4 fl oz) water
Spice topping
¼ teaspoon (1¼ ml) (1/8 gm) cayenne
1 teaspoon (5 ml) (3 gm) kosher salt
1 teaspoon (5 ml) (5 gm) sugar
Directions:
1. Combine the spice topping and set aside.
2. Grate the cheese and put in the bowl of a food processor with flour, oregano, salt and pepper and pulse to combine. This can also be done by hand.
3. Add the oil and pulse until the consistency of wet sand is reached.
4. Add enough water for the dough to come together.
5. Form the dough into two disks, wrap with cling film and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
6. Heat the oven to moderate 325°F/160°C/gas mark 3.
7. Working with a quarter of the dough at a time, either use a rolling pin or roll out in your pasta rollers to 1/8 of an inch (3 mm) thick. If you use pasta rollers, ensure the dough is well floured so as not to stick.
8. Cut the strips into cracker shapes or cut out using a cookie cutter.
Transfer to a parchment lined cookies sheet and sprinkle with the spice mixture.
10. Bake for 20-25 minutes until medium golden brown.
11. Store in an airtight container and eat within three days

Cheddar, Rosemary and Walnut Icebox Crackers (form into a log and slice):
Servings: Approximately 48 crackers
Ingredients
½ cup (120 ml) (1 stick) (115 gm/4 oz) butter, well softened
2¼ cups (540 ml) (225 gm/8 oz) grated aged cheddar cheese (the better the cheese, the better the cracker), firmly packed
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons (285 ml) (190 gm/6oz) all-purpose (plain) flour
1 teaspoon (5 ml) (6 gm) salt
1/2 cup (120 ml) (60 gm/2 oz) finely chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon (15 ml) (1¾ gm) finely chopped rosemary
Directions:
1. Combine butter, rosemary and cheese in a stand mixer and beat well (can also be done by hand)
2. Add the flour, salt and nuts and stir to combine
3. Form the dough into two tight logs and wrap with cling film
4. Chill for at least an hour and up to several days. The log can be frozen at this point for several months.
5. Heat the oven to moderate 160°C.
6. Slice a log into 5mm (1/5 inch) coins and place on a parchment lined baking sheet
7. Bake about 10 minutes until golden brown
8. Store in an airtight container and eat within three days
9. Try this recipe with different cheeses, nuts (or no nuts), and spices. Get creative!

CrackersIt’s been a fun daring July with quite the perfect challenge which has opened up a whole new window to creative baking. Crisp, versatile and popular, savoury snacks are always welcome, and I’m looking forward to trying the recipes above. I ♥ Daring Bakers!

Thank you Dana, and thank you as always Lisa of La Mia Cucina and Ivonne of Cream Puffs in Venice for hosting this fab kitchen!! Do stop by here to see our  daring bakers go creatively crazy over crackers!!!

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Comments

  1. Tempting crackers and gorgeous clicks!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. I like the site very much,photos are soooooo good

  3. Really tempting and crunchy looking crackers… Would love to have it anytime of the day

  4. What a lovely idea to shape the crackers like you did for the canapes! You photos are amazing, as always!

  5. WOW what an inspiration posting your crackers and the photos are stunning and exquisitely beautiful. You really made me feel as if I was baking your crackers as I read your posting. Bravo to you. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

  6. Ooh How I love the look of these crackers. Especially with that Onion Jam (which I seemed to have missed) So amazing to see you still so strongly active with the DBs. I miss the group and the fun.

  7. Sorry if this is a double posting since I cannot tell if my first entry was published, delete if not needed.

    WOW what stunning exquisite crackers and photos you have made! I When I read your posting it felt as I was making the crackers with YOU. I really love the look of your boat shaped crackers so so creative. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

  8. wow! i love to eat crackers so much, all types of crackers are here with different size looking so crunchy and yummy. I will use this recipe for making crackers.

  9. Great job on the challenge!

  10. I haven’t done a Daring Bakers in ages but these recipes I have to make. I love them! Your crackers are perfect and beautiful but I am really loving the recipes with such flavors packed into each. Love the mix of spices and cheese. They are great! And I have to try your caramelized onion & garlic jam. Wow! You keep on amazing, baby! xo

  11. I love these rustic photos! I also love your dog :)

  12. aah……i am going to try my hand at the the Cheddar, Rosemary and Walnut Icebox Crackers

  13. Absolutely yummy!!!

  14. AMAZING pictures! I was intrigued by the seedy crisps recipe, and after seeing yours I am definitely going to try it. What a great idea to make little cracker cups, too. Awesome job!

  15. Beautiful job! Your crackers are fantastic, and I love the little appetizer cups! :) My pups loved the crackers they stole from the toddler, too, haha.

  16. love the little cracker bowls! beautiful pics :)

  17. Beautiful clicks as always :) and I love the idea of making the crackers in the tart tray! brilliant and perfect for filling
    I really enjoyed this challenge too, quick and easy and perfect for hot weather.
    You did a brilliant job on it

  18. Pooja says:

    Wow! I was drooling reading the recipes & seeing the yummylicious pics. Will try my hand at making ‘em crackers soon!

  19. Deeba, thank you so much for visiting my blog. You are one of my favourite baker :)). Your cooking and photography inspire me. Super like the crunchy crackers!

  20. Srimathi says:

    Such perfect looking crackers. i love how u make them so adorable.

  21. Heaven in a few simple bites
    saadepunjab.com

  22. Amazing photos and delicious crackers.

  23. so nice to be part of such a talented group. amazing shots and lovely crackers!

  24. WOW – all of your crackers look outstandingly delicious. I love the idea of the little appetizer cups – that is genius. But they all look great, and I think I want to try those health crackers right away!! Beautiful work.

  25. Oh wow – cracker canapes! This is such a brilliant idea. All your crackers look and sound delicious, you did so much work on this challenge. Amazing :D

  26. These look wonderful – all of them! Rather than fill up on so many things before dinner, why not just have good homemade crackers! Brilliant! ~ David

  27. Baking the crackers in your tart pan was pure genius. All versions here look delectable.

  28. This crakers are amazing! Great recipes!

  29. This is so tempting, what a treat to be able to make fresh crackers. Love the pics!

  30. I’m not sure what’s prettier – you photography or the dog!

  31. i can eat crackers all day……i’m loving coco’s appearances ;-)

  32. manjeet says:

    Hey Deeba,

    Loved the crackers and canapes..tweaked them to make them even healthier..;) Used 3/4 parts wholewheat flour and 1/4 part jowar atta.and used Flaxseeds and nigella seeds for the crunch and more health..:D…Will tweak it further next time to include millet flour..
    And the crackers taste yum with hung curd cucumber dip too..:)

    Thanks and cheers..

    Manjeet

  33. I love those cracker cup, what an amazing party starter they would make. But, Coco steels the show. She is soooo adorable.

  34. These photos are absolutely gorgeous! We have never made crackers but I think we are going to try. Beautiful post! Thanks for sharing.

  35. Lovely crackers and so many of them :-)
    I get into a cracker baking phase once in a while and then there is a lull for a month or so. Missing my flax seeds crackers right now but he next batch will be this sesame and poppy seeds :-)

  36. Have spent the last 1/2hour clicking through your beautiful recipes and photographs. They are all amazing. Thanks so much for sharing your fantastic talents

  37. Tig Thomas says:

    Fantastic website!

  38. Cool – great to see someone else is really into crackers too! I love your little cups of cracker ready for fillings.
    Check out mine if you would like to – I just love travelling and bringing home more cracker/cookie/biscuit recipes
    http://www.bakesyartofbiscuitry.org

  39. Delicious recipes with the photos are looking so yummy. I ll try these recipes at my home. Thanks for sharing this post.

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