How-to Make Homemade Crackers
It is such an easy thing to pick up a box of crackers in the grocery store. They are there, they are not too expensive, and they are healthy snacks. Right?
Reading through the ingredients list on a box of commercial crackers is a vocabulary lesson in itself. Understanding that the dairy ingredients listed is full of hormones, and antibiotics, that the flour is chemical laden, and who knows how old..well you start to rethink the healthiness of these snacks. Organics are awesome but very expensive.
How difficult is it really to make your own crackers?
Not at all difficult. Homemade crackers are a delicious snack, healthy, and easily made with your choice of ingredients. Graham flour, the only specialty item called for in these recipes, is available in most healthfood stores. It is merely whole wheat flour that has been ground somewhat more coarsely than normal.
I love to make crackers because they have much more flavor than the commercial types and they are a quick addition to a meal. The first time you make them you will be hooked, I promise.
Soda Crackers or Saltines
Saltines (soda crackers) developed from a type of cracker known as "hardtack" which was served to sailors on ocean voyages because it did not go bad easily on the long journey. Hardtack was tasteless and not very appealing so, in 1801 the Josiah Bent Bakery in Newburyport, Massachusetts created a cracker that was light, crispy and best of all - tasty. The soda cracker, or saltine is still popular over 200 years later.
Basic Soda Crackers
- 4 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup butter
Sift dry ingredients together. Cut in milk and butter, mixing well into a stiff dough. Roll until the dough is very stiff. Roll very thin, cut into squares, prick with fork, sprinkle with coarse sea saltand bake at 400F.about 6 minutes or until edges start to brown.
Basic Soda Crackers 2
- 2 c. flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 c. butter
- 1/2 c. sour milk
- 1 lg. egg
In large bowl sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Cut in butter until mixture is very fine. Add milk and egg. Mix to form a dough. Knead thoroughly and roll very thin. Cut into squares or rounds and place on lightly greased cookie sheets. Prick crackers with fork. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden.
Homemade Graham Crackers
Preheat oven to 350F
Makes 4 dozen or so depending on size.
- 3/4 cup unbleached organic all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat graham flour (Bob's Red Mill is the brand I use)
- 1/2 cup sugar (use half brown sugar)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup cold, organic unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 4 tablespoons raw honey
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla or maple extract
In an electric mixer mix the flours, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together. Add the cold butter a few pieces at a time and mix until it resembles coarse crumbs or cornmeal. Add the honey, water, and vanilla (or maple). Mix until the dough comes together in a sticky ball. Roll the dough 1/2-inch thick between sheets of waxed paper.
Chill for 1 hour, or until firm. Lightly flour the dough and roll 1/8-inch thick. With a sharp knife or cookie cutters, cut into 2-inch squares, or the shape of your choice. Arrange the crackers on a silpat, or parchment lined cookie sheet. With a fork, prick several holes in each cracker.
Sprinkle with sugar crystals. Bake for 15 minutes, until lightly browned at the edges.
Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan.
- 1/2 c organic. old fashioned oats-blended in blender until it is flour
- 2 tsp honey
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 c organic flour
- 1/4 tsp soda
- 1/4 c organic unsalted butter, softened
- 1/4 c buttermilk, organic is best, do not use nonfat or low fat.
Don't grease the cookie sheets.
Grind 1/2 cup oatmeal at low speed in the blender until fine. Add honey, salt, flour and soda. Cut in butter until mixture forms crumbs and then add the buttermilk. Mix until it forms a ball and sticks together.
Roll thin, cut with animal shaped cookie cutters.
Bake at 400ºF until brown (10 to 12 minutes).