Sunday, November 2, 2014

Parmesan-Black Pepper Crackers

Did you know homemade crackers are very easy to make? Much like working with cookie dough, they roll out very easily on a floured board.

A few ingredients and a little time, and you'll have a plate full of delicious crackers to share with family and friends.  

Add a good glass of wine, your favorite cheese, and that's all there is to it!

2 cups flour
1 cup butter, softened (8 tbls.)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp.sea salt (and more for dusting on top)
3/4 tsp. course-ground black pepper (and more for dusting on top)
1/4 cup water, or slightly more

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spay baking sheets with cooking spray, or line with parchment paper.

In a food processor, or stand mixer, pulse or mix flour, butter, Parmesan cheese, 3/4 tsp. pepper and 1/2 tsp. salt until clumps form. Add water slowly and pulse or mix until dough forms.

Turn dough out onto floured surface and roll to 1/8-inch thick. Cut dough  with 1-inch or 1 1/2-inch cutter and transfer to prepared baking sheets.

Prick tops of each cracker with the tines of a fork and sprinkle with more salt and pepper.

Bake until crackers are golden brown, about 20-25 minutes; let cool on pan and store in an airtight container (mason jars work great).

Yield:  5-7 doz. depending on size of cutter