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sourdough crackers

I get to go camping!  I get to go camping!  I get to go camping!

The last time I went out of town, hummus and crackers saved my butt.  I did not need to by food out at an expensive venue.  I did not get cranky because I was starvished!  (That is a word from a book.  Starved and famished combined.)  I had a snack.

I posted about making my own hummus.  I just made another batch.  I cooked a full pound of beans to make it and probably got a few of the porportions off but it still eats.  

The question was asked:  could we make our own crackers?  Yes.  I have a wonderful recipe for crackers that takes me all day.  Because that is how many it makes.  I decided to try something different.  These are sourdough and vegan and yummy.  A simple cracker.

sourdough cracker

2/3 cup sourdough

3 tablespoons olive oil (other oils can be used depending on what flavor you wish)

3/4 cup flour (I used a heritage wheat that looked white but is not)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

salt or other herbs for toppings

In a bowl, put the sourdough and the oil.  Mix it together as best as you can.  The oil may have some problems incorporating.

Mix in the flour, salt, and baking soda.  I kneaded it smooth like bread and then let it sit for about an hour.  That was to let the gluten relax and make the cracker easier to roll.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Dust a counter heavily with flour.  Split the dough into at least half if not quarter.  Roll until about 2 millimeters thick.  

Cut into rough squares.  Put on a silplat or parchment covered baking sheet.  Sprinkle with salt and/or herbs.  I pressed it in a little bit.  

Put in the oven and bake 6 to 8 minutes.  Turn the sheet around and bake another 6 to 8 minutes, or until golden.

It is a really nice cracker.  I did think the ones I rolled thinner were better.  They had more of a crunch.  The thicker crackers tasted more bread like.

But I would make these again.  I might try some other herbs on top.  And it did not require a run to the store to eat the hummus!


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