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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Spicy cheese crackers


I've never really thought of making crackers - how about you ?

Crackers is the recipe chosen by Lena  , one of  the Bake-Along hostess .....

The best thing about joining the gels in their bi-monthly recipe taste test is I can try those recipes that I won't usually thought of making .

Though I've missed loads of previous bakes due to time constraint okay , okay , pure laziness or sometimes brain-freeze but the gels are a nice lot . They'll continue to let you join in even though you're slacking from time to time lol



While I was making this , I remember Jeannie of Baking Diary said that her crackers were a tad too salty so I told myself to go easy on the salt ....

Go easy on the salt , my foot ! I've forgotten to add it altogether *sigh*

These crackers are crunchy but not that crispy , spicy ( which I love ) , not really cheesy  ( need to add more cheese next time ) though lacking an oomph due to the lack of salt ...

That said , these cheese crackers pairs well with tuna-mayo spread and an ice-cold Coke zero  ^___^


Recipe adapted from William's-Sonoma

2 cups all-purpose flour ( I sub 1/3 cup whole wheat flour ) 
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1 tsp paprika
2 tbsp grated dry jack cheese ( 50 grams mild cheddar ) 
1 tsp mustard seeds ( don't have this ) 
1 tbsp shortening , at room temperature ( I used lard )
1 tbsp cold unsalted butter
1/2 cup heavy cream , more if needed

* To make the dough by hand : In a small bowl , combine flour , sugar , salt , cayenne pepper , paprika , mustard seeds and cheese . Using a pastry blender or 2 knives , cut in the shortening and butter until mixture forms a large coarse crumbs . Pour in the cream and mix with fork until a cohesive dough forms .

* Transfer dough to a clean work surface  and gently squeeze it together . Press dough into a disk and wrap it in a plastic wrap and leave to rest at room temperature for at least 20 minutes or for up to an hour .

* Preheat oven to 350°F . Line baking sheets with parchment paper .

* Unwrap dough disk into the work surface , cut in half . Roll one half of the dough into a rectangle and as thin as possible without tearing the dough , dusting it with flour so as to prevent sticking . Cut into a desired shape . Transfer the dough into the baking sheet , repeat with the second half of the dough .

* Bake crackers for 12 minutes . Let cool and store crackers into an airtight container for up to 5 days .

This post is linked to the blog hop event , Bake- along , hosted by Lena of Frozen Wings  , Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Joyce of Kitchen Flavours .


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18 comments :

  1. Anne,I would have to try this...and I have to tell you that I really like the look of your pillow crackers... specially with a belly button in the middle:) Cute!

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  2. This is delicious, never made homemade crackers before, I'm gonna give it a try sometime:)

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  3. Hi Anne,
    Your crackers looks cute with the little hole in the centre! Forgotten to add in the salt? LOL!
    I would try adding some cheese the next time! And I was thinking of serving with tuna too, great for snacking!
    Thank you for baking along with us! I'm glad that you have given this a try!

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  4. Oh you forgot the salt! lol! well these crackers still looked tasty and bet would be nice paring with some creamy soup too! The tuna should add some saltiness to the whole combo:D

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  5. I love these cheesy crackers! You did a great job, Anne.

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  6. yummy, i love to have that especially night time

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  7. Your crackers look divine...just like they came from a box (and that's a compliment :)). I bet with a little salt, they'd be irresistible!

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  8. I don't make that often but these look delicious! I have tried with more cheese but then they taste just cheese, which I ma not fan of. I liked yours.

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  9. Nice crackers. Yes me too, love crackers with a little spicy in it.

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  10. Your crackers are so nicely shaped. Reminds me of the chicken in a biscuit!

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  11. Anne,
    I love your crackers.
    They look so lovely and cute.
    I have yet to bake mine.
    Must bake before closing :p
    Now can I share some of yours!
    mui

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  12. Spicy and cheesy I want ! But not salty I don't want ! Hahaha..

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  13. Que buen aperitivo, me gusta cuando lleva quesoSaludos
    Blanca de JUEGO DE SABORES

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  14. oh, no salt?? LOL! nvr mind..still i believe it's delicious to eat with the tuna spread. I did mine with cheese too , didnt measure..i added one handful and it was cheesy enough. Nice attempt, anne and thanks very much for joining..and believe me, even me the hostess is also slacking from time to time..:)

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  15. You into savory as well....these look so cute...perfect for a tea party!

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  16. Hi Anne,
    I follow your recipe made these few days ago.
    They taste great but just wanna know from you that the temp.. You stated above is it 350F instead of 350C.
    I use 180C though ... LOL
    mui

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    1. Doreen , thank you for calling it out , I've updated it already :D Yup , it's 180°C .

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    2. You're welcome dear friend :D

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