Today I made something that I’ve been wanting to make for a while. I’ve made crackers before, but I would really like to get into the habit of doing it regularly. The thing that got me going was my baby. He loves crackers for a snack, but I don’t like giving him the saltine crackers everyone normally buys. They’re made with white flour which once it enters our body is basically treated like sugar. So I made my first attempt today. It’s a bit of work, but the flavour of whole wheat crackers is incredible.
Basically, I took my biscuit recipe and left out the baking powder and halved the baking soda. I was happy with the results but feel like I need to do some more tweaking. I’ll update you as I go along. In the meantime, if you would like to make your own crackers here is how I did it.
When you cut the butter into your flour, salt and baking soda the crumbs should be about the size of small peas.
After mixing the dough I put it on my counter to knead for a few times to make it smooth.
I rolled the dough out and then cut it into squarish shapes. These aren’t pretty crackers that all line up evenly (unless you’re better than I am at rolling a perfectly square shape to cut your crackers from), but the taste is great so looks don’t matter. ☺
To go along with it we had homemade tomato soup for lunch.
And the baby? He loved them. Now if I can just keep the older children out of them long enough to have a few days supply for the one I made them for.
Whole Wheat Crackers
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- 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 egg
- ¾ cup buttermilk*
- Mix the dry ingredients together and cut the butter into them.
- Add the egg and buttermilk and mix well.
- Turn out onto a floured board and knead several times.
- Roll out the dough as thin as you are comfortable with – aim for at least ¼ inch.
- Transfer to an ungreased cookies sheet.
- Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
- * If you don't have buttermilk, you can use a mixture of yogurt and milk.
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Jennifer is the happily married wife of a pastor and the somewhat-tired-but-oh-so happy mum to eight beautiful children. She loves to try new healthy recipes, sew, read to her children, garden and play the piano.
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