This homemade cracker and tasty snack recipe comes to us from Dish Cooking Studio in Toronto, Canada. This homemade cracker recipe is flavored heavily with fresh thyme and pepper and pair wonderfully with salad recipes, soup recipes or your favorite soft cheese. We made this crackers recipe to garnish the Salade Lyonnaisse and it was delicious! It is much easier than you think to make homemade crackers and if you have fussy children at home you could easily leave out the herbs and the pepper and replaced it was sneaky health items like ground flax seeds. However, you do it, you will be surprised just how easy this cracker recipe is.
This homemade crackers recipe has a rustic quality that you will be sure to love. These crackers aren't your typical crackers, they are broken into pieces once they have cooled, which make them perfect for your easy salad recipes and as tasty snacks. The nice thing about this homemade crackers recipe is that it uses simple ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen. And if you have some thyme in your herb garden, all the better because you can make these homemade crackers right away. Once you make this easy crackers recipe, you will want to make them again, as they are easy to make, and they are without the high gourmet cracker price.
While the ingredients might be simple, that doesn't mean you can't go for quality ingredients. Just like when you make homemade bread, this simple baking recipe will be all the better when you use quality organic flour, organic milk and organic eggs. Some people might argue that they don't notice a difference in the overall taste of organic ingredients, but organic ingredients are about much more than taste. When you buy organic ingredients, that come from healthy farming practices and healthy happy animals you are supporting farms that are better for the earth. By supporting local organic farms, that have to follow a lot of strict regulations with regards about what they can and cannot do, you are also helping the environment.
Take organic flour; for example, you may go for the less expensive flour that uses conventionally grown wheat. Yes, this flour will most likely be less expensive, but it will also use wheat that has been grown using pesticides and chemical fertilizers. You may not taste these in the flour, but you know they were used, and overtime you have to wonder about their effect. Using organic flour and organic thyme means that the soil will be better for future generations of farming, and that is important. Using chemical fertilizers and pesticides kill, deplete the soil of minerals and are harmful to insects and animals. The main reason people buy organic produce, and organic flour is because of the way it is produced. No one wants to worry about pesticide residues and other toxic chemical impacts.
The same goes for the milk and the eggs that you eat. Both of these ingredients come from animals. If anything you want to support an industry that cares for the animals that produce the ingredients you consume. Drinking milk that comes from healthy, happy cows just makes sense. Milk that comes from happy cows that have lived a normal life, and consumed the proper diet that is grown without the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers helps to ensure those things are not passed onto you. Eggs that come from chickens that can roam around and eat a natural diet will also produce eggs that taste better. Organic is nothing new; it is just the way that food is supposed to be. Most likely your grandparents if they had a garden, grew an organic garden, but chances are they didn't call it that. The gardens of the past were grown without using toxic ingredients. If you've ever had a carrot straight from the garden, grown organically without any pesticides or chemical fertilizers, you can't but help notice the taste difference. **
Makes 10 pieces
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1 Cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
2 sprigs thyme
1 pinch salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
6 Tablespoons whole milk
1/2 egg white, beaten
Sea salt for topping
Preheat oven to 375F. Blend flour, pepper, thyme, sugar, and salt in the food processor.
Pour in the olive oil and pules a few times to make sure it comes together.
With the food processor still on, pour in the milk and let blend until a loose ball is formed.
Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and split into 4 sections. Roll out into a rectangle as thinly and evenly as you possibly can.
Move to a lightly greased cookie sheet and dab a little egg wash onto the dough with a pastry brush and sprinkle delicious sea salt on top.
Bake at 375F for 10-15 minutes. Check it at 10 and make sure the cracker is crispy and browning a bit, but not getting burnt.
Let crackers cool on a baking rack and once cool, break into as many pieces as you'd like and add to your salad for crunchiness.
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Nutrition Facts of Homemade Crackers from Grandmother's Kitchen
Ingredients: All-purpose flour, fresh cracked pepper, thyme, salt, sugar, extra virgin olive oil, whole milk, egg white, Sea salt
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet.* The entire recipe has been calculated for 10 servings *Per Serving:Calories 59, Calories from Fat 13, Total Fat 1.4g 2%, Saturated Fat 0.3g 1%, Cholesterol 1mg 0%, Sodium 207mg 9%, Potassium 27mg 1%, Carbohydrates 10.0g 3%, Dietary Fiber 0.4g 2%, Sugars 0.5g, Protein 1.6g, Vitamin A 0%,Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 1%, Iron 4%
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