So, as you probably remember from my last blog, I have gone on a mission to reduce or eliminate the consumption on packaged and processed foods in our household.

The other day when I went through my cupboard, I realized how often I give Avery crackers... and she loves them! I love them too, because honestly there is almost no easier way to get her to quiet down once in a while!

So I checked out the ingredients to see just how bad it was... it started with enriched wheat flour... ok not so bad..... then went on to canola oil... could be worse.... next came sugar....... hmmmmm ........ then we got to ammonium bicarbonate, protease, amylase and papain. Things I don't really recognize and things that certainly don't sound like food to me.

So I decided to try my hand at home made crackers.That way I know exactly what is in them and I know what I am feeding my baby girl (and myself). I used this recipe from allrecipies.com for Cheddar Cheese Crackers. I made no changes to the recipe except I used black pepper instead of white... because do people really have white pepper on hand? I know I don't.

First I made the dough.

Then I wrapped it and set it in the fridge for a while as the recipe calls for. Next was rolling it out and cutting it into pieces. I suppose you could use a cookie cutter or a glass if you wanted round ones, but I used a pizza cutter because I like my crackers to be asymetrical and random sizes... ;-)
After that they were placed on to lined baking sheets and I pricked them all with a fork. They were baked at 350 for about 20 minutes even though the recipe calls for 10-12 minutes. (note my obvious dis-reguard for precision in baking, harharhar!)
So what did I think of these crackers?

I would give them a 2 out of 5. Unfortunately. But only because it is supposed to be a cracker. They don't really taste like crackers to me- they taste more like pie crust... and when you look at the recipe they are pretty much pie crust.

Don't get me wrong, they taste fairly good, just not exactly like cheddar cheese crackers to me.

I will have to do a little bit more searching for another cracker recipe this week until I find one that is perfect.

What did my number on critic thing of them?
I think this photo of her shoving the entire thing into her mouth means she likes them.
8/14/2012 12:53:42 am

I made crackers recently too, and you're right, they tasted like pie crust. But there are a million cracker recipes online, so I'm sure you will find one that you like better.


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