Thursday, October 14, 2010

Yes, you can make crackers at home!

A couple of years ago, a former co-worker asked me, as co-workers often do, what I did on the weekend.
   I mentioned I made Thyme Crackers, a recipe from Martha Stewart Living.
   “You made your own crackers?” was the incredulous answer/question.
   It is a little hard to believe, as most people head to the supermarket if they have a craving for crackers.
   But they can be made at home – particularly with this incredibly easy recipe.
   These crackers are delicious. Although they are family-friendly and will work as a daily snack, they also have an adult appeal that makes them work as an appetizer with before-dinner cocktails.
   You’ll need fresh thyme. If you can’t find the herb, don’t bother making the crackers! Thyme is that essential to the final product’s taste. However, I do skip garnishing each cracker with a fresh spring of the herb as the recipe directs.
   Flour, fresh thyme, salt, sugar and cold unsalted butter are pulsed in a food processor. With the machine running, one cup of cream is added and the mixture is processed until a dough forms.
   The dough is shaped into four rectangles and refrigerated until firm, about 30 minutes.
   Each piece of dough is rolled out into a very thin rectangle, transferred to a baking sheet and scored (lightly marked with a knife) into four-by-two inch diamonds. The dough is brushed with an egg white and sprinkled with salt (I skip the thyme garnish.)
   While one piece of dough is baking in the oven, I start working on rolling out, scoring and brushing the next one.
   It takes 15 to 20 minutes to bake each piece of dough.
   After the baking sheet cools, the dough is broken into individual crackers along the scored lines.

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