What Worked: You know Wheat Thins? Well these do taste better. The store-bought crackers are usually better when topped with something, but these are snack-worthy all on their own.
What Didn't: This makes a fairly small bowl of crackers. There are a lot of crackers in that small bowl, but they're very thin and light, so it's not a lot of cracker volume. ff you're making them for a party, you might want to double or triple the recipe.
Suggested Tweaks: I didn't think these needed any additional salt on top, but next time I might add sesame seeds or flax seeds for both flavor and accent color.
Adapted from Whole Grain Baking by King Arthur Flour. Copyright © 2006. Published by The Countryman Press. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved
- Yield:about 13 dozen crackers
- Active time: 30 minutes
- Total time:40 minutes
- 1 1/4 cups (5 ounces) whole wheat flour, traditional or white whole wheat
- 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick, 2 ounces) butter
- 1/4 cup (2 ounces) water
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- Additional salt for topping (optional)
To make the dough: Combine the flour, sugar, salt and paprika in a medium bowl. Cut the butter into small pieces and mix it in thoroughly, using your fingers, a pastry blender, a mixer or a food processor. Combine the water and vanilla, and add it to the flour mixture, mixing until smooth.
Pre heat the oven to 400˚F. Lightly grease baking sheets or line with parchment paper.
To roll and cut the dough: Divide the dough into 4 pieces; keep the other pieces covered while you work with one at a time. Lightly flour your work surface and your rolling pin and roll the piece of dough into a large rectangle, which shuld be at least 12 inches square when trimmed. Keep your pin and the surface of your dough evenly floured. Flip the dough frequently to keep it from sticking, but too much flour will make it difficult to roll. Keep rolling until the dough is as thin as you can get it without tearing, at least 1/16 inch thick. Trim the dough to even the edges and use a pizza cutter or a sharp knife to cut the piece into squares approximately 1 1/2 inches wide. Transfer the squares to a prepared baking sheet; you can crowd them together, as they don’t expand while baking. Sprinkle the squares lightly with salt, if desired. Repeat with the remaining pieces of dough. Save the scraps under plastic wrap and reroll them all at once just one time.
To bake the crackers: Bake the crackers, one sheet at a time, until crisp and browned, 5 to 7 minutes. If some of the thinner crackers brown too quickly, remove them and return the remaining crackers to the oven to finish baking. These crackers bake quickly, so watch them closely – even 30 seconds can turn them from golden brown to toast! Remove the crackers from the oven and cool on the pan or on a plate; they cool quickly. These crackers will stay crisp for several days, but are best stored in airtight containers.