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I wanted to have something easy to do ahead, frugal and fun for Elena’s recent birthday party, and I stumbled upon a fun and age appropriate theme-crackers!
Elena and I made spelt crackers (soaked overnight), making some of them spiked with rosemary for the more sophisticated palate. We brought a tub of almond butter and everyone else brought toppings for the crackers (cheese, deli meat, crab dip, salami). I think it kept both the adults and the little kids happy.
And the crackers were a success with everyone too! Because they are soaked overnight, they are easier to digest and more nutritious. It’s also significantly cheaper to make your own. And it doesn’t hurt that everyone loves homemade crackers!
I made one batch of plain crackers and one of rosemary. They were both delicious. This recipe make a large amount of crackers.
- 3 1/2 cups of spelt flour
1/4 cup of melted coconut oil
1 cup of water with two tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar vinegar (or you could use 2 tablespoons of whey, lemon juice, yogurt, buttermilk, kefir)
1 teaspoon of sea salt (plus extra for the top)
1 teaspoon of baking soda
2 heaping teaspoons of dried rosemary, if desired
1-The night before: Place the flour in a large bowl. Add the melted coconut oil and water and vinegar. Starting mixing with a fork or wooden spoon until it gets to stiff. Knead the rest of the flour in (you can do this right in the bowl if you want, or on the counter) using your hands until it forms a ball. It shouldn’t be too sticky, or to dry. You can easily adjust by adding a bit more water for a dry dough or a bit more flour for a sticky dough. Put back in the bowl and cover well. Leave out on the counter top overnight.
2- The next morning, flatten your ball out on the counter, using a little white flour, if needed to prevent sticking.
3-Sprinkle over the top the baking soda, salt and optional rosemary. Fold in half and knead gently until salt and baking soda are evenly mixed in. You are now ready to roll it out!
4-Preheat your oven to 425 degrees, and lightly flour a surface (I use a large wooden cutting board). I liked to roll out a quarter of the dough at a time, for more control. Roll out quite thinly (and as evenly as possible), using as much white flour, or arrowroot flour as you need to prevent sticking. The thinner you roll it out, the more crisp and crunchy it will be.
5-Carefully transfer over to a cutting board and cut out using either use a sharp knife or a pizza cutter. I make about 2 by 2 inch crackers, though I certainly don’t make them all the same size.
6-Place on a greased cookie sheet and prick with a fork. Lightly sprinkle with sea salt, coarse or fine, either is fine.
7-Bake for about 10 minutes and check. They will be done when they are browning slightly. Don’t overcook as they will become bitter. Cool on cooling sheets and enjoy! I like to store them in a glass jar on the counter. They are so pretty!