I’m Cracking Up!

July 15, 2010 at 8:24 am 1 comment

I thought I had decided on the accent colour for the new bathroom. I even went so far as to order turquoise bathmats. Maybe it is the orange undertones in the paint, but we are now going to accent in orange… try finding orange bathmats. I challenge you. Send me some links (post them in the comments at the end of this post) that sell orange bathmats. While I prefer muted colours; I’m open to all your finds.

I’m Cracking Up Crackers

Who knew finding orange bathmats would prove to be so challenging! My stressness took me to the kitchen where I baked some crackers, which seemed appropriate given that I feel like I am cracking up! I adapted this recipe from Heidi over at 101 Cookbooks. I added some flax meal to the recipe to give my crackers a more organic look and taste (it’s also good for you!). Heidi rolls hers out with a pasta maker, but I just rolled mine out as thin as I could with a rolling pin. I also didn’t bother using the dough hook on my mixer to knead the dough. I did it by hand and when I was done my hands were silky soft from the olive oil. Add whichever toppings you desire. I used sesame seeds and garlic on some and the others were decked out with pumpkin and sesame seeds.

1 ½ cups semolina flour
1 ¼ cups whole wheat pastry flour
¼ cup flax meal
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup warm water

Whisk together the flours, flax meal and salt. Add the water and olive oil. Stir to combine. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface for 7 to 10 minutes (enjoy how soft your hands are after). The dough should be just a bit tacky. If you need to add a bit more water or flour do so.

Divide the dough into three equal portions and roll into three balls. Lightly cover each ball with olive oil and cover the dough with a clean dish towel and let rest for 30 to 60 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 450F degrees. Cut three pieces of parchment paper the size of your baking sheet (I used a standard sized baking sheet and was able to make 3 sheets of crackers). When the dough is done resting, flatten one dough ball. Using a rolling pin roll the dough out on your pre-cut parchment paper. Roll the dough to the edges of the parchment paper. Place the dough covered parchment paper on the baking sheet and using a pizza cutter cut your dough into your desired shape and size. Poke each cracker with the tines of a fork to prevent puffing, add any extra toppings (pat them down gently into the dough), and slide into the oven. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Some of the edges of the crackers will get a little brown. Repeat the process for the remaining dough.

Enjoy with nut butter or your favourite cheese.

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