Friday, January 18, 2013

Homemade Saltines - Worth the Trouble

Sweets happen in our home from time to time, but we really love our salty snacks.  I've been meaning to try baking homemade crackers for a while now, and had several different recipes pinned on Pinterest.  This recipe is a combination of a few of those.  The texture is a little heavier than a commercially-made saltine, but the flavor is nearly identical.  What's more, I know (and can pronounce) every ingredient in them.

We scarfed these down - all 3 dozen of them - as soon as they were cool enough to eat!

Homemade Saltine Crackers

1 cup all purpose flour (you can also try whole wheat or other flours)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons melted butter
4 to 8 tablespoons water

Heat oven to 400°F.

In bowl of stand mixer (or by hand), combine dry ingredients.  Stir in melted butter, then add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until a ball of dough forms and cleans the side of the bowl.

Roll on a very lightly floured surface until very thin, about 1/16-inch.  Cut into 2-inch squares.  I used a ravioli cutting wheel, but you could use a pizza cutter or an ordinary knife. 

Prick each square a couple of times with a fork to reduce bubbling.  Sprinkle with additional salt if desired (I did not and didn't miss it).

Place on ungreased baking sheet (no need to line with silicone mat or parchment, either).  Bake at 400°F for 10 minutes or until just barely beginning to brown on bottom and edges.  Turn off heat, but leave crackers in oven for and additional 20 minutes.  This step is important as it will help make the crackers crisp instead of chewy.

Remove crackers from oven and cool completely on a wire rack before serving.

Makes 3 to 3-1/2 dozen crackers.

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