Seeded Crackers

Why take the time to make these when there is such a variety of crackers that you can buy at a store?   Make them for the same reason that you make chocolate chip cookies instead of buying Chips Ahoy — or that you take the time to make dinner from scratch instead of cooking a tv dinner in the microwave.  They TASTE better!

Use a good, flavorful olive oil as the flavor is important to the taste of the cracker.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups semolina flour
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup warm water
1/3 cup olive oil

1 healthy dose of your imagination (seeds, dried herbs)

Instructions

1. Mix together salt and flour (note, if you want to play around with other types of flour, use half all-purpose and half of the flour variety of your choice)

2. Add the water and olive oil.

3. Using a mixer with a dough hook attachment mix the dough until it’s a bit tacky. If you need to add a bit more water (or flour) do so. This should be a VERY easy dough to work with

4. When you are done mixing, shape the dough into a large ball, cover and allow to sit for about 30 minutes at room temperature.

5. Preheat your oven to 450F degrees.

6. Using a floured surface, roll out dough to desired thickness.

7. Cut into desired shapes OR roll out one large square and crack into pieces after baking.

8. Lay crackers onto a baking sheet lightly dusted with cornmeal

9. Poke each cracker with the tines of a fork to prevent puffing,

10. Get creative. Add any extra toppings like grated cheese, kosher salt, seeds, grains, cracked pepper or other spices. I like a mixture of dried thyme, rosemary, oregano, and tarragon.

11. Bake until golden brown (about 12 minutes)

12. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely

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