Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Farmhouse Crackers....

I got a sample issue of Mary Jane's Farm a week or two ago in the mail. Included was a recipe for Farmhouse Crackers. Yum. Homemade crackers. Crackers that don't have tons of weird ingredients listed in them like this...

What IS all that stuff, anyway?


Not only are these SUPER easy, but they are VERY tasty, too! Mr. U said "Stop buying those flavored Cheez-its for me and make these from now on!!!" I'll be more than happy to do that!!!

This is how my recipe ended up (remember, I have a VERY hard time sticking exactly to any recipe!! HA!)...

Parmesan and Cracked Black Pepper Farmhouse Crackers

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 t cream of tartar
3/4 t salt
3/4 t baking soda
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 t freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup oil (I used extra virgin olive oil)
1/2 cup water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Tear off three sheets of parchment paper (2 will be for cookie sheets and 1 will be used to roll out the dough).

In a bowl, combine dry ingredients and then stir in oil and water. Take 1/4 of the dough and put it in the middle of a piece of parchment paper. Place another piece of parchment on top and smoosh it down a bit (LOOOVE my technical terms!! HA!!). Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out as thinly as possible (I go for 1/8th inch thick). Carefully peel the top piece of parchment off and then score the rolled out dough into the shape and size of crackers you want (a pizza cutter or
pastry wheel will make quick work of this) . Then, just bake them in the oven about 14 minutes until the crackers are crispy brown. Mmmm.

Take them out of the oven and remove the whole piece of parchment paper and set it on a cooling rack. Wait about 5 minutes and then carefully break the crackers apart and let them cool about 10 minutes longer before moving them off the cooling rack.

Repeat this same process for the rest of the cracker dough.

I have NO idea how long these will keep. They've never made it more than 3 days here before we eat them all up. Yum!!!
UPDATE: I forgot to add in this post that the last time I made these crackers, I added 1 tsp of garlic powder and WOW they were good, too!! I also made a batch where I left out the parmesan and the black pepper and added 1 T fresh, finely minced rosemary and 3 cloves of finely minced garlic. These were very good, too!!!
And y'all, if you make your own variation and they are great, PLEASE let me know!!!!


Cyndi Lewis said...

Those look beautiful and sound very yummy! I will have to try these.

Caeseria said...

Oh, I have GOT to make those. My son LOVES crackers. He'll take them as happily as cookies (so you can guess what we buy a lot of in this house!).

C said...

YOU JUST MADE MY DAY LOL!!! I bought a couple weeks ago a pastry cutter to make crackers. However I have not had a chance to research some recipes.

I just made your recipe (some are still in the oven) and they came out great!!!

I loved how you rolled the dough in between two pieces of parchment paper. I never thought to do that and it makes it so much easier and less messier.

Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Those sound delicious! And must healthier than store-bought. (o:

Mama Z's said...

Wow! Those look like they would be store bought. I am going to try these...I've been wanting a good cracker recipe. Thanks!


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