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march • cheese crackers

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

My kids love snacks. So it’s only fitting that this month’s homemade challenge is a snack for my kids.

One of their favourite snacks is cheese crackers, in all shapes and sizes. They’re not picky—I get as much mileage out of the cheapie generic crackers as I do out of the name-brand ones—so I thought they might eat a homemade version just as happily.

I should confess here that this is not the first time I’ve attempted homemade cheese crackers. I gave them a whirl once when Julia was first starting to eat snacks like this and they turned out pretty well. But I haven’t made them since, and when I found a recipe online the other day for whole wheat cheese crackers, I knew I had to try it.

I’m not going to copy the recipe here; you can find it at smitten kitchen. I didn’t play around with the ingredients; the only substantive change is that I didn’t use onion powder because I ran out the other day & haven’t bought more yet. I’ll probably try using it next time, although the crackers turned out well without it.

I didn’t follow the recipe to the letter, though.

I don’t have a food processor, so I mixed the ingredients by hand using my pastry blender. It worked just fine & didn’t add more than a few minutes to the prep time.

I also don’t have a teeny tiny little goldfish-shaped cookie cutter—although it is damn cute—so I just cut them into little rectangles with my pizza cutter.

I got about 150 crackers out of one batch of dough. (I counted while I was stabbing the tops with a fork. Because I like to count things.)

The verdict? Julia loves them—she also loved helping to make them. Asher didn’t warm up to them as well as I expected—he usually eats anything we put in front of him, but he licked his cracker then made a face & gave it to the dog—so we’ll see how he likes them tomorrow.

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