I wish I would be the genius behind this, unfortunately I am not. *boohoo* I am not even sure how I came about this but I think it was featured on Freshly Pressed here at WordPress. Or I stumbled upon it like I tend to: I click a link which leads me to another and another and another. You get the idea, eh? So when I saw it at Miss Anthropist’s Kitchen (click here) and Smitten Kitchen (click here) I was blown away. You can make your own crackers? Heck ya! Especially when you look for a little snack for 2-3 year olds at Sunday school which is not Tim Hortons or muffins (cause they had those last time). Plus, it totally fit with the theme we discussed.
So, I looked at both recipes and I like the whole wheat flour but basically I used Miss Anthropist’s Kitchen recipe and substituted half of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour. The first time I made them I had no food processor. *sad* So I used my hand blender. Is that how you call it? (Just googled it, yes, that’s what you call it.) In German you call it a Zauberstab – magic wand, and though it is not quite like the food processor it worked just fine. Of course it was a bit more time consuming but the result was amazing.
I am not much of a picture taking person while baking. I tend to forget to take pictures of some of the steps and this is the case here as well. No picture of the grated cheese, no picture of me rolling the dough. Just pictures of before baking and after baking. I think what kind of keeps me away from all the pictures taking is a) I am still working on my skills with the camera and b) my kitchen has no nice colour, it’s all a bit brownish which is not a good colour for pictures. Check out the pictures at Miss Anthropist’s Kitchen and Smitten Kitchen, those are lovely. Still ways to go.
– 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
– 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
– 4 tbsp. cold unslated butter
– 2 cups Cheddar cheese: how strong you like your cheese is up to you
– 3/4 tsp. salt
– 1/8 tsp. onion powder (optional)
– 1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
– 1 tsp. baking powder
Grade your cheese and set aside. Blend all ingredients in the food processor and add grated cheese. Now slowly add some water, teaspoon by teaspoon until you have a workable dough. My food processor is to small for that so I knead the dough in a bowl. Wrap the dough in plastic and place it in the fridge for 24 hours or chill in freezer for 20. Once it is chilled knead again and roll out. Use your cookie cutter to make as many as possible. I even used round and flower shapes. Bake at 180°C until golden brown, which is about 10 min. Let them cool and stand for a day so they get the crispy texture you look for.
DIY Fish Cookie Cutter
What really fascinated me was the fish cookie cutter I saw at Miss Anthropist’s Kitchen. How genius is that to use a soda can to make cookie cutter? The options are endless. Basically you cut off the top and bottom of a soda can and cut a strip. This strip can be formed into whatever you want: fish, clouds, birds, you name it. I had no time to take pictures but look here for step by step instructions.