Thursday, September 19, 2013

Simple Sea Salt and Black Pepper Water Crackers

Why in the world have I been buying crackers when they are so incredibly simple to make?! I am seriously in love with this recipe. It is easy to play with: You can make rosemary, parmesan, thyme, BBQ, any flavor you like!!

Today I made a Sea Salt and Black Pepper Water Cracker with Regular and Whole Wheat Flour. It was so simple that I was able to entertain my 7 month old son while making them. Since I went ahead and made my crackers with what I had in the pantry, this recipe below is how I made them today, however note that the flour can be altered and interchanged with what YOU have... so don't be shy to experiment!

Simple Sea Salt and Black Pepper Water Crackers
What You Need:
3 cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
3 cups Unbleached Flour
3 tbsp Sea Salt
1 tsp Salt
1 tbsp Black Pepper (or to taste)
1/2 cup Olive Oil
2 cups Warm Water

To start, mix the flours, salt, and pepper in kitchen aid stand mixer (or in a large mixing bowl). With a dough hook, mix in the water and oil until a ball forms (best with peed 4 then 2 with the kitchen aid).

Remove from mixer and let sit 40 minutes with a warm wet towel over the bowl.

Heat the oven to 425 degree Fahrenheit. Roll out the dough to a thin appx 1/8 inch layer and cut into your favorite shapes.

Because this dough will rise a bit and bubble, stick a fork into each cracker before baking.

Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. I baked mine on a pizza stone, but a lightly greased baking sheet would work fine as well.

Remove from pan/ stone and let cool. If your crackers are chewy, you need to roll your dough out thinner.

For me, 12 minutes was all the time needed for the perfect crunch, but I make have made my crackers slightly thinner than yours, so you will want to play with the thickness and time baking. When I tasted the dough, I thought for sure my crackers would be too salty, but after baking they were perfect!

If you prefer a more saltly flavor, brush each cracker with olive oil and sprinkle more sea salt on top of each cracker. This will give the crackers a more commercial salty flavor.

No matter how you flavored your crackers, it is so nice to have a simple, easy to make recipe that has no preservative of sugar added. I hope that these find you well, and thank you for visiting Bargain Bites!

Thanks fo baking with us!

Aimee and family

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