1/28/2009

Baby It's Cold OUTSIDE!!!!!!


I didn't go to work on Tuesday because the weather forecast said we would have freezing rain beginning at 9 AM and around Noon we'd have sleet. I opted to stay in the safety and comfort of my home with my cherubs.
I started our day with a pot of malt-o-meal and homemade biscuits. Yum! However, we started our day so late, that it was actually brunch. HA HA
As the day progressed I began to think about what we would have for dinner. I thought a pot of chili would be good for a cold night...we were getting down into the 20's. Hmmmmmmm, we had no crackers to go with our chili and we love having crackers with it. So I googled home-made crackers and wasn't very impressed with the first recipe that came up. However, the next one was the one. I made the home-made crackers and they were a hit. We had to stop ourselves from eating them up before we had our chili to eat them with. Below is the recipe and then I'll explain what alterations I made.

Homemade Crackers

2 Cups Flour (I used unbleached all purpose, wasn't ready to experiment with wheat)
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2/3 Cups Warm Water
1/3 Cup Olive Oil (I used vegetable oil, it was all I had)
Herbs of your choice

Preheat oven to 400*

Lightly grease cookie sheets.
No grease needed if using a pizza stone.

combine dry ingredients then gradually stir in the water & oil mixture. Mix until a smooth dough forms. If you want to add herbs you can at this time. (In my first batch I added fresh rosemary, in the second batch I added Italian seasoning).
Divide the dough in half and flatten on cookie sheet or pizza stone. Once dough is spread thin, use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut into squares. Brush lightly with an egg wash or spray lightly with olive oil.(One egg white & 2 Tablespoons water...I did this but next time will try the olive oil)
Sprinkle with sea salt if desired (I didn't have sea salt, but used Kosher salt).

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden and crispy. (not all will be the same golden color)
These crackers are great with soup, dips, or cheese...Ask me how I know...LOL

Now the recipe said to sprinkle your desired herbs on top of the crackers. I opted for mixing my herbs into the dough itself.

OUR REVIEW: Simple, quick, DELICIOUS!!! These crackers had more taste and flavor than any store bought cracker we have ever had. So guess who is really ready to get the mixer I want so I can make bread and crackers for my family every weekend?!

2 comments:

Nicole Calhoun said...

Ahem, attention Everyone! Natasha actually brought some of these crackers to work for me to taste along with that FABULOUS turkey chili! And she is RIGHT! Those were the BEST crackers I've ever had! I'm serious. I'm NOT just saying that. There was so full of taste...and the rosemary and Italion seasonings...MAN! I'm NOT a baker. But I am honestly going to try to make these crackers at home. The recipe certainly seems easy enough. I'm always impressed with the delicacies and homemade household items Natasha comes up with! Thanks so much for sharing so often! I enjoy each and every post! Those crackers...Oooh la la!
That chili...scrumdillyumptious! Girl, if you were on the Food Network channel competing, you'd be TOPS in my book!

Melissa Ward said...

Hi Tasha,

How thin did you roll these? I'm in the middle of making them - they don't seem too thick, but they've been in the oven for 20 minutes already and they are still not crisp or browning around the edges. I'll keep them in there until they are done, but I was just wondering if I made them thicker than you.

Melissa
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