June 29, 2011 § 30 Comments
It is finally that time of year again!
Time for BBQs, picnics, and pool parties galore!
It’s no secret that Summer is one of my favorite seasons. It’s warm, sunny, and just plain beautiful outside. Plus I don’t have school so I can spend my time doing whatever I’d like which, most of the time, is baking!
Since the Fourth of July is around the corner and I am attending not one, but two BBQs that day, I figured I should start brainstorming which food items to show up with. Normally I go for the out-of-the-ordinary types of recipes. The ones that just sound so different that you just have to try them.
This year, however, I’m going a different route. I’m going back to the basics and nothing is more basic than cheese and crackers.
Back in the day, before I became a self-proclaimed foodie, my family and I would roll with Cheddar, Swiss, and Muenster cheeses atop Triscuits or Ritz crackers for little appetizers. But nowadays we won’t settle for anything less than homemade.
heard read this correctly. Homemade Crackers!
Easy Cheesy Whole Wheat Crackers
“Cheesy homemade crackers that are so easy to prepare that you’ll never go back to the boxed stuff again!”
- ¾ cup whole wheat flour
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon active dry yeast
- 1/3 cup warm water
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (Feel free to experiment with other cheeses, too!)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Salt, garlic powder, ground black pepper, and extra shredded cheddar for topping
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a large baking sheet and set aside.
- In a large bowl, wisk together the flours, sugar and, yeast until well-combined.
- Stir in water, shredded cheddar, and olive oil and knead on a lightly floured surface for 2 minutes.
- After kneading, roll out dough until it reaches 1/8th of an inch thickness and use a cookie cutter or shot class to cut 1-inch circles. Place dough circles on the prepared baking sheet. Roll extra dough into a ball, roll out again and cut circles until there is no more dough left.
- Sprinkle circles with salt, garlic powder, pepper, and cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes. Let cool and store in an airtight container for up to a week.
Yield: ~48 crackers
See? Homemade crackers sound intimidating, but they actually aren’t in the least! Make these for your next BBQ, picnic, or pool party and they are bound to me a hit. Just make sure to make an extra batch because you’ll probably want to hog them all to yourself after you realize how delicious they are. That’s what I do.