Hi Littauer, I experimented with my recipe over the holidays.
I tracked down some xanthan gum and added about 0.2% to the mix. It helped bind the dough together and gave me the "puff" that I was looking for. Unfortunately after about 3 days the uncooked crackers became very fragile and easily broken, when holding them up to the light you can see small cracks like broken safety glass. See image: cracker sample
I get the same problem with or without xanthan gum so that's not the problem. The cracker may need something to hold it together so I have decided to increase the percentage of gum to see if that helps.
I have just cooked a batch and the results are good so far, the cracker is a lot more robust compared to previous versions. I will see how it holds up the next few days. These crackers should really keep for months or years without degrading.
Hi Littauer, I'm pleased to say that re-hydrating the mushrooms worked, the dough cooked through in under 40 minutes.
The crackers puffed up a little but not as much as I would like. I may try adding some xanthan gum when I can find it. Do you know how much to add? Are there any alternatives? Do you think agar agar would do the same job? I've also read that flax seed meal may be a good alternative.
I would prefer to avoid gluten or eggs if possible.
I may also try adding a little baking powder.
Thanks littauer, I appreciate your help with this.
Unfortunately I don't know anyone that has tried it with shrimp, I may give it a go first to see if it works.
I understand what you're saying using re-hydrated mushrooms. I read somewhere on the internet about replacing prawns with mashed potato which probably have the same water holding capacity. There may not be enough moisture inside with the current recipe to achieve the same effect.
I will be frying these and hope they puff up like the standard shrimp crackers.
I'm going to have a go with your suggestion and I will let you know how I get on. :)
Thanks for the reply. I haven't tried with shrimp. I really wanted to make a vegetarian version.
I will try your suggestion and see if it works. :)
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