Monday, September 16, 2013

Cracking BBBabes

It's been quite a while since I've baked crackers. So it was a wonderful thing to be baking some crackers for this month's BBBabes challenge that Tanna picked for us. With lots of seeds, delicious. I baked half the recipe. My crackers weren't as crunchy as I hoped, I think I either I have to bake them a little longer or roll them out thinner. But the taste was very good. My husband -a great cracker-with-seeds fan- took the lot with him and ate them all. He then asked if there were more! Next time, baby. So thanks Tanna for this recipe that was received so well and will be baked again soon.

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Crunchy Crackers
(Yield: 2 cookie sheets)

(PRINT recipe)
198 to 227g lukewarm water
170 g whole wheat flour
120 g whole spelt flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tsp instant yeast
1 tsp salt
30 g whole ground flax
14 g sesame seeds
71 g sunflower seeds, midget preferred*
28 g sesame seeds
28 g whole flax seeds, golden preferred
sea salt or your favorite flavored salt, if desired

1) To make the dough: Mix and knead together all of the cracker ingredients (except the seeds) to a smooth, fairly stiff dough. Add 1-2 more tablespoons of water if the dough is dry. 

2) Knead in the seeds. 

3) Let the dough rise, covered, for 60 to 90 minutes, until it's expanded a bit.
4) Divide the dough in half. Working with one piece at a time, roll it into a rectangle approximately 30 x 23 cm, a generous 3 mm thick. This will probably require you to roll the dough until it fights back; give it a 10-minute rest, then come back and roll some more. It may need two rest periods to allow you to roll it thin enough.
5) For easiest handling, turn the dough onto a piece of parchment paper. Spritz the dough with water. Sprinkle with 1/4 of the topping seeds, lay a piece of parchment on top, and press the seeds in with a rolling pin. Turn the dough over, peel off the parchment, and repeat. Set the seeded crackers on a baking sheet, and repeat with the remaining piece of dough.

6) If you don't have parchment, roll on a rolling mat or on a very lightly floured or lightly greased work surface; and transfer the seeded crackers to a lightly greased baking sheet. Sprinkle each sheet of crackers with some sea salt or flavored salt, if desired. Crush the sea salt between your fingers or grind it in a salt mill if it's very coarse.
7) Prick the dough over with a fork, and cut it into rectangles, whatever size you like. Pull the crackers apart just a bit; you don't need to separate them completely. Let the crackers rise for 30 to 45 minutes. while you preheat your oven to 350°F/180ºC; they'll get just a bit puffy.
8) Bake for 20 minutes, until the crackers are a medium brown. Turn off the heat, wait 15 minutes, then open the oven door a couple of inches and let the crackers cool completely in the turned-off oven. When they're completely cool, break apart, if necessary, and store airtight.
(Recipe by: KAF)


Elizabeth said...

I love the look of your crackers, Lien - so perfectly square. Beautiful!! (Are the black seeds poppy seeds?)

Hanaâ said...

They look great, Lien! I will definitely try them.

Elle said...

No wonder your seedy cracker loving hubby liked these...they are super seedy and lovely Lien!

Baking Soda said...

Oooh very nice looking crackers Lien! I agree with Elle, no wonder at all!

Katie Zeller said...

Very pretty crackers.... Just need a bit of cheese and a glass of red...

Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez said...

Even though they weren't as crispy as you would've liked - they look stunning!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Roll, roll, roll ... I just baked another batch, I'm getting a little more consistent with getting them thin enough but I also find leaving them in the warm oven really helps ... I've gotten chewy when I try to rush them out of the oven ;-)