Have you ever tried to make your own crackers? I have and I think it may be hard to go back to store bought… they’re just soooooo good!
Being a DIY home cook can seem like hard work at times (I know, first world problems!) and the idea of nipping down to the supermarket to buy ready-made items – especially snack foods – can appear to be the logical and easier alternative. Plus it frees up extra time for things like Netflix marathons and beer drinking.
However, if you find yourself with some spare time on your hands, get into your kitchen and make these crackers and you will quickly find they are just better than the ones from the packet. They may just be one of the easiest and rewarding DIY kitchen projects you can attempt and are a great start for any of you who find the thought of DIY-food just that little bit scary. There’s no kneading, no yeast, or waiting for things to rise (yay!), and, with only a few basic pantry ingredients and a rolling pin, you can conjure up a week’s worth of crackers in about 45 minutes (30 with a bit of practice).
Just like the enormous selection of crackers available to us in supermarkets – it always takes me ages to pick a type and flavour, please tell me it’s not just me – the flavour and topping combinations you can add to these crackers are unlimited. Perhaps you want to keep it simple and stay with the standard flavours of Sour cream and chives, or just simply cheese. For now I’ve decided to be a little fancy with Feta and thyme; I have a feta addiction that need to be managed.
What’s more this recipe is fool-proof. No, really. Undercook these beauties and you’ll end up with soft chewy biscuits that are perfect for dipping into soup. Overcook them, be it by accident or deliberately, and you’ll be crunching away for hours. However they end up be prepared to lock them away in a safe place otherwise you may munch your way through an entire batch in one afternoon. Kept in a airtight container this crackers will last for up to two weeks.
When cutting these crackers from the dough I decided to use pizza slicer to make quick and unmeasured pieces as I liked the rustic look (which is another way of saying I’m lazy). However, should you want perfectly round crackers, a small cookie cutter will do the job just fine. Depending on how thin your dough is, and how you cut them, will determine how many crackers you get. I managed to get about 150 of them and there is still some left a week later.
So have a go at making your homemade crackers and let me know how they turned out in the comments below. Created some amazing flavour combinations? Please share!
Thyme and Feta Crackers
Prep Time: 30 mins || Cook Time: 30 mins
- 250g All purpose flour (preferably unbleached)
- 1tsp salt
- 3 Tbs Olive oil
- 1/2 Cup of water
- 1 Tbsp Dried Thyme
- 150g Feta Cheese
- Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt
- Assorted seeds (optional)
- In a bowl stir together the flour and salt. Add the rest of the ingredients (crumbling the feta between your fingers) and mix together to form a supple dough that is not sticky, adding more flour or water if needed.=
- On a floured surface, roll the dough out as thin as you can. If you have a pasta machine this makes short work. If the dough keeps shrinking back to its normal size, let it rest for five to ten minutes. You want to keep the thickness of your dough as uniform as possible to allow even cooking.
- At this time you can brush the dough lightly with water and sprinkle on your choice of toppings such as poppy seeds, sesame seeds. For these crackers I kept the tops simple with just cracked black pepper and sea salt.
- Using a sharp knife, pizza slicer, or cookie cutter slice the dough into bite size pieces (being as perfect or haphazard with your cutting as you like)
- Place your first batch of crackers on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Place in the oven for 10 – 13 minutes minutes, turning around by 180degrees half way through cooking time if your oven is temperamental.
- The exact cooking time will be governed by your oven and how crispy you want your crackers. Cook for ten minutes and keep your eye on them until they are cooked to your liking.
- Remove from the oven and immediately turn onto a wire rack to cool (don’t worry, it will only take a few minutes)
- Pair with your favourite dips and cheeses and serve.