I don’t know about you, but I love snacking on crackers.  They’re crunchy, salty, and go great with things such as hummus or cheese slices.  I had never thought about making my own crackers before until I watched an episode of Good Eats where Alton Brown made seedy crackers.  He made it look very easy and straight forward, and they were made with whole wheat flour and very little salt and fat.  (I will provide the link to the original recipe at the end of the post.)  My dad was actually the one who decided to try out the recipe, and we found that making our own crackers was incredibly simple.  The ingredients were very basic and it didn’t take very long to make them.  We ended up making a few modifications to his recipe because we didn’t have certain ingredients that were called for.

Here is our modified version of the recipe:

Sesame Crackers

Ingredients:

1 cup whole-wheat flour

1  cup all-purpose flour

2/3 cup sesame seeds (we used an extra 1/3 cup of sesame seeds instead of using the poppy seeds)

1 tsp salt (we decreased the amount of salt that was called for)

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

3 Tbs olive oil

6 1/2 ounces (about 3/4 cup) of water

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Directions:

1.) In a medium mixing bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sesame seeds, salt, and baking powder.

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2.) Add the olive oil to the dry ingredient mixture and stir until combined.  Add the water and stir until a dough is formed.

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3.) On a floured surface, knead the dough for 4-5 minutes.

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4.) Divide dough into 8 roughly equal parts and cover with a towel.  Let rest for about 15 minutes.

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5.) Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.  Roll out 1 of the dough pieces to about 1/16 inch and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (we typically do not line our baking sheet with parchment paper, but we did this time.  I was not able to tell any difference in taste, appearance, or difficulty of the recipe).  If the baking sheet is large enough, roll out a second dough piece in the same manner as the first and place on the baking sheet.

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6.) Bake for 4 minutes then flip the cracker sheets and bake for an additional 2-3 minutes.

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7.) Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack.

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8.) When cool, break into desired sizes and repeat with remaining dough pieces.

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Here is the link for Alton Brown’s Seedy Crisps:  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/seedy-crisps-recipe.html