I hope you will bear with me for another sourdough recipe. S. gave me the link to this recipe and, of course, I have tweaked it a bit. We love crackers around our house and they are a special treat due to their high cost. I made this recipe and one of my cracker-loving sons ate the whole batch in one sitting! Definitely a hit. And, a lot of fun to make. Simple ingredients, simple method, great results. What more can a baker ask??
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1 cup sourdough starter (refreshed or not….your choice)
1/4 cup coconut oil (although you could use any good quality oil, I expect)
1 cup whole wheat white pastry flour (or flour of choice–S. has used spelt flour with good success)
Let sit overnight…….this is optional but improves flavor.
In the morning/before baking…add
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Mix together. At this point, I added grated extra sharp raw milk cheddar cheese S. had bought for us while she was here visiting….wonderful, intense flavor. I used a lot in this photographed batch–maybe 1 ounce. I imagine I will be trying all sorts of additives in the future–chives, onion bits, bacon, cheeses………just make sure whatever you decide to flavor the crackers with is in tiny pieces. I used a fine grater for the cheese.
Here’s where I tweaked, also. Pull out the bakers best friend, parchment. Lay a nice size piece on the counter (to fit your baking stone!) and using a rolling pin–mine is a homemade version, a sawed off closet rod :)–sprinkle the parchment with flour and roll as thin as possible. Due to the amount of cheese I put in this batch, it didn’t roll quite as thin as previous batches.
When you are happy with your rolling, cut with a pizza cutter, sprinkle with coarse salt ( I omitted brushing with oil from the original recipe due to the added cheese), using tines of a fork, poke some holes and into the oven it goes on the stone.
I use my cookie sheet without sides as a paddle to transfer to the oven. Slips in and out easily on the parchment.
Bake 15-20 until golden brown.
Cool on a rack……crispy, tasty crackers for a mere fraction of what they cost in the supermarket.
What could be better than cheese on a cheese cracker?