Make these delicious, whole-grain crackers in minutes, using ingredients as local and organic as you can.
Active time: 9 minutes (or 11 for holiday variation). Total time: 20 minutes. Serves 8.
1 clove garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup white whole wheat flour (such as King Arthur Flour’s organic)
2 teaspoons chia seeds (optional)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water, plus a little more
coarse salt for sprinkling
- Heat oven to 400ºF, with a bread stone or a heavy cookie sheet, rim side down, on the bottom rack.
- Mince garlic, then heat garlic and oil in a small, microwave safe container in the microwave on high until oil boils and garlic is fragrant, about 40 seconds.
- Put flour, chia seeds if using, baking powder, and salt into a food processor fitted with a stainless-steel blade. Pulse once or twice to mix, then add garlic-infused oil. Pulse five or six times until mixture resembles coarse sand.
- With the motor running, pour water into the food processor. If flour mixture doesn’t come together in a ball within a few seconds, dribble in more water until it does.
- Put dough on floured parchment paper. Sprinkle top of dough lightly with flour so it doesn’t stick, then cover with another sheet of parchment. Roll out dough using a rolling pin or a flat-sided tall bottle (a clean wine bottle will do) until it is about the size of a cookie sheet. Peel off the top sheet of parchment.
- Skip to the next step if you want big slabs of artisan crackers to break into sections after they are baked. For classic crackers, score dough using a pizza wheel or knife to make break points. Poke each cracker segment all the way through with a fork to keep bubbles from forming during baking.
For holiday or crafty crackers, lightly press cookie cutters into the dough, leaving a pattern but not cutting through. Score dough so breaks occur where you want them, perhaps with some small shapes centered and some larger shapes shared by several crackers. I used snowflake cookie cutters above as well as my pasta wheel to cut ribbons. This is vastly easier than cutting shapes out and trimming away excess dough.
- Sprinkle with coarse salt, then use your hand to press it in lightly so it sticks. Put dough and bottom parchment sheet on a pizza peel or rimless cookie sheet. Slide dough and parchment onto bread stone and bake for 11 minutes, until crackers are tan all over with slightly browner edges and crisp. Cool crackers on a wire rack, then break into pieces.
- Serve within a few hours if possible or keep for up to four days in an air-tight container at room temperature.
- Basic cracker. Use neutral oil (corn, canola, or grape seed) and omit chia seeds and garlic.
- Sesame cracker. Use neutral oil and sesame seeds.
- Chipotle crackers. Use neutral oil and add 1/2 teaspoon chipotle.