I LOVE crackers. Last week the store was closed, we were out of them and I had the munchies. So what's a girl to do?
Make them herself of course!
They are actually quite easy to make. See the basic recipe below.
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tbs salt
3 tsp shortening
3 ounces milk
Preheat oven to 350. Combine first two ingredients. Using a fork, pastry cutter, or food processor, cut in the shortening. Add milk starting with 2 ounces using the remainder if necessary. You want a stiff dough that forms a ball but is not sticky or wet. ALMOST like pie dough. Roll out to about 1/8" (or thinner) on a lightly floured surface. Transfer dough to parchment paper lined baking sheet. Cut into squares or other shapes with pizza cutter. Use a docking tool or fork to poke holes in dough. Sprinkle with salt or other spices as desired. Bake approximately 10-12 minutes till golden and crunchy. Store in airtight container.
- The thinner the rolled dough the crunchier the cracker and less cooking time required.
- Crackers will become crunchier as they cool.
- Give crackers a zesty kick with spice combinations.
- Use butter flavored shortening for a Ritz-like cracker.
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