Oct 18, 2005

Homemade Cheese Crackers

Here's a fun recipe to make with kids, we made these today. I've tried making crackers before and they didn't turn out too well. This recipe which I have adapted from several I have seen worked very well and the kids loved them. I would highly suggest making a double or triple batch as they go fast!

Homemade Cheese Crackers

2/3 c. flour
1/4 c. cornmeal
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground red pepper
1 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp. butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
1/2 c. Shredded Italian Blend cheese
1/4 c. ice water
1 Tbsp. white vinegar

In a bowl combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking soda, salt, red pepper and Parmesan cheese. Mix well. Add butter and with a pastry blender mix well until mixture is like coarse meal. Add Italian cheese blend, water and vinegar. Stir until mixture comes together. Divide into four parts, roll into balls and wrap in plastic wrap. Freeze for thirty minutes. Remove from freezer. Working with one ball at a time: Knead dough lightly. Place on well floured parchment paper and roll paper thin (each piece should make approximately an 8 inch circle when fully rolled out, almost paper thin). Transfer to a large baking sheet and with a pizza cutter, cut each circle into 8 wedges. You will probably need to bake one circle of wedges at a time. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove crackers to a wire rack to cool then break apart. Makes about 32 crackers.

Variation: On some of the crackers I sprinkled dried minced garlic and lightly pressed it in. Those were GREAT!

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