Monday, January 11, 2010

Going Crackers

Geez, first I was going bananas now I am going crackers. What's happening around here? Maybe its that I am a little stir crazy from staying couped up. We have had a lot of snow fall. Good old Lake Ontario is doing the grand slam on us. As of today it has stopped, but whew have we had a lot of snow. I actually like the snow. You see I received a dose of snow gratitude.

I left New York in the 90's to get away from the cold and rain and snow. I was rewarded with blue skies in Arizona, warm temps all winter long. I loved it for about three years. Its funny, it always felt like I was on vacation. I was working mind you but I always felt like I was on vacation. Not a bad feeling, eh? But I digress. After three years I had my fill of the heat. I could not stand it anymore not to mention I missed my family. I moved home. I now very much appreciate the weather elements of New York.

Sesame and Flax Seed Crackers
Lori's Lipsmacking Goodness

1/2 cup semolina
1 cup unbleached all purpose
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 cup warm water (more or less depending on humidity)
1 teaspoon baking powder

Combine the flours and seasonings as well as baking powder. Add the water and stir in. Add a little more water if the dough is too dry. Knead in seeds. Let rest 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350F. Roll out dough by hand or by machine- if you use the pasta roller go to about 4 setting. The number 3 setting would be even better. If you are doing it be hand, roll out to an eigth of an inch or thinner.

Cut into cracker shapes and bake for about 15 minutes. If you have an air bake baking sheet this is the best thing to use because it will help make the crackers crispier. The crackers should be golden when you remove them from the oven.

Cool on a rack and store in an airtight container.

Bench Notes:

1. Next time I will add a tablespoon of garlic powder and onion powder as well as a teaspoon of Lowrys salt instead of regular salt.


Robin Sue said...

Lori I have never made cracker before and I see so many nice ones on blogs. I really like flax seed so I should try this our sometime!

Katy ~ said...

Lori, your crackers look perfect!! Perfectly and equally shaped. Love all the little poke marks in them. Very very well done.

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grace said...

we should all make our own crackers (if they're guaranteed to look as perfect as yours). although i still hate ny weather, i do appreciate a crispy and healthy (!) cracker. :)

vibi said...

Thank you so much Lori for visitin while I was away! You rock...

Wishing you a happy new year, health, joy and money... of course.

kat said...

I was the same way, left MN for CA but missed the seasons & family so here I am back in the cold

Mary said...

I've only made crackers a handful of times. Yours look perfect and sound delicious.

Donna-FFW said...

Your crackers look perfect and I should try to make my own also. Id love them with some soup.

LittleRed said...

I have totally had a hankering to make some crackers ever since the Lavash Challenge......and I now I know just which recipe to try. Thanks so much for sharing, they look great!

Cristie said...

I think your crackers are the very best I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot lately. I made my first batch the other day- I'm going to use your recipe next. Very impressed!