Sunday, April 17, 2011

Homemade Wheat Thins

I really wanted to be able to make crackers from scratch. It's easy to eat a lot of wheat thins in one sitting so at least knowing what is in your wheat thins will help you not feel so guilty eating so many. these taste just as good as the real thing and it is so easy to do. I have a lot of wheat flour and sometimes I need more ideas of how to use it other than just bread, pancakes, waffles and muffins. This is a great way to use it up and I also recommend making a homemade dip. Your kids will really feel special and this will be a treat for them!

Later try adding Italian herbs, cracked pepper or cheese to make gourmet flavored crackers.

Homemade Wheat Thins

  • 1 ¼ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 ½ Tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. paprika
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • salt for topping
Combine the whole wheat flour, sugar, salt and paprika in a medium bowl. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut the butter thoroughly into the dry mixture until it looks like large crumbs, no bigger than a pea. Combine the water, honey and vanilla in a measuring cup - add to the flour mixture. Mix well until combined and dough forms, but only as long as necessary for the most tender crackers.

Lay parchment paper on your counter. Dust it with flour. Only use one fourth of the dough at a time. Roll the dough as evenly as you can rolling until the dough is as thin as possible without tearing. Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife and cut the dough into squares or triangles, about 1 1/2 inches each. Fork pokes make them look extra authentic.

Transfer parchment paper with cut cracker dough onto a cookie sheet. Sprinkle crackers with salt and bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Make sure they are crisp but remember they will harden even more as they cool. Allow them to cool uncovered. You can later store them in a bag to keep them fresh. Enjoy!

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