The day I discovered homemade saltine crackers I was hooked on them…No more Zesta or Nabisco for me!
Crackers have a long and fascinating history…If you will recall the Israelites had matzah as they set out for their journey from Egypt…they had been instructed by God to make bread without leavening…In 1801 Josioah Bent of Massachusetts apparently got busy and distracted and over baked biscuits, turning them into crispy breads which he named crackers due to the crackling sound that they made. The first crackers as we know them were made in Vermont in 1828..and I guess they have just gained popularity from there..Can you imnagine tomato soup without crackers? Yeah, that’s what I am saying!
But over the years the commercialization of all foods has brought crackers from a delicious treat to an insipid starch. Unless, of course you make them yourself.
Try these crackers with different flours, different fats, different seasonings…Sprinkle with sea salt, or cracked pepper, or chipotle…or….
4 cups flour
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1/4 c butter
1 1/3 c milk
Mix together the flour, baking powder, and butter . If you are adding seasonings mix those in with the dry ingredients. Cut butter into flour mixture until it forms coarse crumbs. Add the milk and knead to form a ball. Divide in 4 parts and roll out paper thin on a floured surface. Cut the dough into squares (a pizza wheel works great for that!) Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and prick with fork…Sprinkle with salt (or cracked pepper ..or..)Bake at 325 until golden brown..about 20 minutes.
You can also cut these saltine crackers into animal or fish shapes with small cookie cutters, and you might try adding dried cheese powder with your dry ingredients for homemade Goldfish…