My girls love cheese. They love crackers. They love cheesy crackers, especially the ones shaped like fish. I of course am becoming increasingly greedy with my allotted bi-weekly food funds. I’ve seen many cheddar cracker recipes floating around Pinterest and decided it was time to make some. It’s fairly simple, you’ll make a little bit of a mess, but no worse than any other baking. Which means I ended up with flour on the microwave mounted above the stove. No, I’m not totally sure how.
Cheddar Crackers – Slightly adapted from In the Kitchen with Kath
6oz Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated
4oz Butter (1/2 stick), softened and cut into pieces
90g Flour, plus extra for dusting counter
1/2tsp Trader Joe’s South African Smoke
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place ingredients except the milk into food processor and pulse until crumbly.
Add in the milk until dough forms into a neat little ball. If you need a little more milk to make it all come together only add a little bit at a time, you don’t want the dough to get too wet.
Roll out the dough onto a floured surface to about 1/8″ thick. Mine were likely thicker, but I’m a poor judge of eyeballing measurements. Cut into 1″ squares, or any shape you fee like really. I greased my sheet pan and put the “squares” on then stabbed them with a chopstick to make a little hole (likely for steam to escape, but I’m not Alton Brown, so don’t expect a solid explanation from me).
Bake until the cracker edges begin to brown nicely. Or get impatient and take them out a little too soon, like me.
Sophia didn’t like them. My cheese adoring child said she hated them. David tasted them and said I should have added Parmesan. I admitted that I used the shredded medium cheddar we had on hand and not sharp cheddar like it called for. David said that was likely the cause for the not so cheesy taste. Nola though said she loved them, tried to eat them all, and then took some for her lunch for 2 days. The moral of my story is to use sharp cheddar or your cheese snob child and other half will school you on your wrongs.
Only slightly related to this, as I used it instead of red pepper flakes, Trader Joe’s South African Smoke paprika grinder is A-MAZING! Stephanie introduced me to it when I was down by her in July, and while I was skeptical about how it would be with mac’n'cheese as soon as I smelled it (it smells like a BBQ in a bottle) I was sold. Now I try and put it on everything. TJ’s South African Smoke is to me what hot sauce is to David. Just trust me and go get some, you won’t regret it.