Friday, July 27, 2012

The Daring Bakers Make Crackers!

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Things just keep getting hotter and busier by the day, so when I saw that this month's challenge was to make your own crackers I was really excited. This is something that I have been wanting to do for a long time now, and I am glad that I got the chance to do it, and for the fact that this month was rather quick and easy, and fun!

Our July 2012 Daring Bakers’ Host was Dana McFarland and she challenged us to make homemade crackers! Dana showed us some techniques for making crackers and encouraged to use our creativity to make each cracker our own by using ingredients we love.


I decided to give Ladybug a treat and make some of her favorite snack of all time - Goldfish crackers! However, I don't have a tiny fish cookie cuter, but I did have a fish/dolphin/shark (I can't really tell, can you?). We ended up LOVING them! They were super fast to make, and tasted great. They didn't taste quite like the store-bought kind, but we all really liked them anyway. And Ladybug loved helping me make them! 


Cheesy Fish Shaped Crackers (Smitten Kitchen)
1 1/2 cups coarsely grated sharp cheddar cheese
4 TBSP butter
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/8 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp salt
(I also threw in 1 TBSP of ground flax seed and 1 TBSP of wheat germ)

In a food processor, combine all of the ingredients until the dough forms a ball, about 2 minutes.
Wrap in plastic wrap and allow to sit in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350F.
On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out into a 1/8" thickness.
Using a floured cookie cutter (smallest you can do is better), cut out cracker shapes and place on an ungreased (or parchment lined) cookie sheet.
Bake 12-15 minutes, or until slightly brown on the edges.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool. 
Enjoy!



11 comments:

  1. My kids had a great time helping with the crackers too and I totally agree, it was the perfect challenge for this hot and busy summer.
    I love the goldfish crackers, I think I should try these next with the kids.
    Great job on this challenge

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  2. how old is lady bug? :)
    I also once ended up shaping (cookies) with one of her playdoh forms. they came out really neat! just like these crackers. I love the simplicity of the recipe and I am impressed by the fact that they rose even without yeast or baking powder. what kind of magic is that?
    really nice to meet you. Barbara

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  3. Awwww - such cute crackers. My girls would totally love these (and they are 18 & 17)

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  4. Oh, so cute! Certainly a fast and easy challenge but plenty of fun! And I say shark ;-)

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  5. Your fish shaped crackers look so cute, I bet your kid loved them!

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  6. Beautiful goldfish crackers! I used to eat these like they were going out of style, as a kid. What snack is always in a Mommy's bag? Goldfish crackers! lol They look gorgeous, Jenni..better than PF's!

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  7. Eee, goldfish crackers! They're so cute. I love the photo of the dough rolled out with the little shoal of fish ready to be cut out.

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  8. Great looking crackers Jenni :) I really like the photo of the rolled dough with the cut-outs.

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  9. Beautiful! I love the idea of making your own "goldfish" crackers! These look amazing. I am bookmarking!!!

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  10. Meep they are adorable! Even if we're not sure exactly what they are... Perhaps they are a new species, the Deliciousfish?

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  11. Your cheesy goldfish crackers are adorable! Love them.

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