Homemade Crackers

September 1, 2014

“Mum…”

There is that certain lilt in his voice that makes me think he is about to ask for something he knows he can’t have, or tell me something totally ridiculous. It ends up being the latter.

“Mum… if someone says ‘biscuit’ how can you tell if they are talking about a sweet biscuit, or a savoury one? ”

“I don’t know” I mumble.

“Because the word biscuit just means biscuit, and it would be really bad to be expecting a Timtam and get a BBQ shape instead… or the other way around. So how can you know?”

“I guess you’d have to ask.” I say, hoping that is the end of this deep and meaningful conversation, but it’s not.

“People should use a different word, something more… descriptive. Something like Ssss-biscuit for sweet biscuits and… oh wait that wouldn’t work.”

“Crackers” I say through gritted teeth.

“Maybe you could call them biscuit-ahs and biscuit-ers?”

Are you serious kid?? You are driving me bonkers… no… crackers!

“Crackers… you can just call savoury biscuits crackers ok! Crackers!!”

And that is how this Australian, who lives in Australia, and would normally call them biscuits, ended up calling these yummy homemade olive oil biscuits… CRACKERS!

homemade crackers - simple herb and olive oil cracker recipe.

Making homemade crackers seems hard, but it’s actually dead easy. The ‘dough’ is super simple, no yeast, and you can flavour them any way you like.

These are kinda like mini baked tortillas, except it doesn’t matter if they don’t end up the least bit round when you roll them out. I enlist my kids to help roll them out, so ours aren’t always as thin as they could be, but it doesn’t matter much.

You can sprinkle these with anything you like – we almost always go with fresh or dried herbs, whatever we’ve got and some sea salt. So yum.

homemade crackers - simple herb and olive oil cracker recipe.

Homemade Crackers
Cook time: 
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Serves: lots
 

Ingredients
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¾ cup water
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for brushing
  • ½ tsp salt, plus extra for sprinkling
  • Seasoning of your choice – herbs, paprika, pepper, garlic

Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine the flour and baking soda. Make a well in the centre and add the olive oil and half the water.
  2. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together, adding a little more water as you go if needed, until it comes together as a rough ball, Knead the dough for a few minutes until it becomes smooth dough.
  3. Wrap the dough in cling wrap and set it aside for a while at room temperature.
  4. Meanwhile prepare your seasoning and add a little olive oil to a dish for brushing.
  5. Preheat your oven to 210 Celsius and line 3 large trays with baking paper.
  6. Pinch small, marble sized, pieces of dough from the ball, roll them into rough balls, and using a little flour so they don’t stick roll them out into rough oval shapes. Make sure to roll them as thin as you possibly can.
  7. Put the rolled crackers onto the trays, brush well with lots of olive out and sprinkle with your seasoning of choice and some salt.
  8. Bake the crackers in a hot oven for 5-8 minutes or until they bubble and begin to turn golden brown.
  9. Allow them to cool completely and story them in an air tight container, or scoff the lot while they are still warm with some dip!

So get the rolling pin out and make some biscuits… I mean crackers!

homemade crackers - simple herb and olive oil cracker recipe.

What do you call them? Biscuits or Crackers? Or something else?

 

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Happy Making

August 30, 2014

Happy Making - what's making you happy?

I am trying to make sure I notice the good things in each day, even if they are only small things, because often it is the small things that make me happy.

Small things like my four year old suddenly being interested in writing letters.

Small things like mastering a donut bun a ten days before my girls’ ballet exam.

Small things like my unwell big girl delighting in showing her little brother the vinegar and bicarb magic.

Small things like ordering seeds for the garden and turning in the winter cover crop with the tractor.

Small things like chocolate mug puddings after swimming lessons.

Small things like daffodils, and sunshine.

Small things like spring… that always comes right when I think I never will.

Small things like these great links…

  • 101 Kids Activities That are the Bestest Funnest Ever by Holly and Rachel from the Kids Activities Blog is now available at Australian book sellers, like Booktopia!
  • This perspective on FOMO (fear of missing out) is especially timely for me this weekend as I try to stay grounded in the goodness I have hear at home and not long to be at a blogging conference that ‘everyone else’ has gone to.
  • Wabi-sabi. I shared this on my facebook page but I am sharing it here again because I think this could be the perspective shift so many of us seek. Read Glenon’s blog at Momastry, it’s full of this kind of awesomeness.
  • Hard conversations… boy this one hit home.

What’s making you happy this week?

 

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