Baking, Snacks, The Basics

Sesame crackers

It’s nice to make your own crackers as fancy shop bought ones are over-priced and many commercial brands include palm oil. They’re not difficult to make especially if you are doing some other baking and have the oven on. I like the way they are irregular shapes, unlike mass produced ones.You can vary what you put in them, herbs or some hard cheese, but I like them best with sesame seeds. They go well with cheeses and pâtés.

Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees C / 400 F. To make about 20 crackers I use about 200g of flour, about 2/3 plain white and 1/3 whole meal, or a cup of white flour and half a cup of whole meal. To this I add a couple of pinches of salt, 1/2 tsp of baking powder, 1 tbsp of sesame oil, 2 tbsp of sesame seeds (I like a mix of black & white) mix together then add about 8 tbsp of cold water. Keep adding it bit by bit,  mixing it until it comes together, it should be a dryish dough. Then roll this out as thinly as you can on a floured surface. Then put it on a baking tray, I use a pizza stone that I heat up in the oven first. Cut the crackers as desired, you can have fun with irregular shapes and sizes, next prick them with a fork. Then bake them for about  12-15 mins until they start to brown. Allow them to to cool on a wire rack, then enjoy them or store them in an airtight container.

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