Crackers are thin, crisp, and often salted biscuits that are typically served as a snack or as a side to a main dish. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and flavors and can be made from various grains, including wheat, rice, corn, and rye. Some crackers contain added ingredients such as seeds, spices, and cheese. They can be enjoyed on their own or with spreads, dips, or toppings. Crackers are a staple in many households and are commonly found in pantries, as they have a long shelf life and are convenient for snacking.
Here is a simple recipe for making crackers:
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon dried herbs (optional)
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and diced
- 4-6 tablespoons cold water
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, sugar, and dried herbs (if using).
- Add the diced butter and use a pastry cutter or your fingertips to mix the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
- Gradually add the cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together into a ball.
- Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/8 inch thickness.
- Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut the dough into cracker-sized squares.
- Place the crackers onto the prepared baking sheet and prick each cracker several times with a fork.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the crackers are golden brown and crisp.
- Let cool completely on the baking sheet, then store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.