Sunday, July 01, 2007

Make your own crackers...or don't

Sleep deprivation through teething: I can hardly make conversation, let alone crackers.

I whipped up my favorite recipe to photograph for all of you. The dough would not cooperate.

Now, I am dough-challenged, but I can usually manage an uneven 1/8 " thickness.

Today I patted the dough into a lumpy flatness and called it "artisanal."

(Didn't you know? In today's world, that term applies to anything not extruded from a machine!)

I was slicing my rustic-but-elegant crisps when everyone else admitted that they hadn't enjoyed eating them the last couple of months.

Well! Thanks for telling me AFTER I proudly informed the whole internet!

Here's a recipe for a cheap, all-purpose wheat cracker similar to Wheat Thins. The Tightwad Gazette features a similar recipe. If you can roll out sugar cookie dough, you can roll out crackers!

Wheat grinding mamas will enjoy the recipe in Martha Greene's Family Cookery Book. Perhaps I should have tried her teething biscuits instead?

For the rest of us, here are a few easier ways to make your own cracker-substitutes:

  • Slice tortillas into sixths and bake at 400 until golden brown. Shake them in a paper bag filled with a combination of spices. We like garlic salt.
  • Cut your leftover bagels into thin rounds. Bake at 400 until toasty. These don't get teeth-breakingly-hard as storebought Bagel Chips. Mist with olive oil and herbs. Bonus points for those of you who make your own bagels a la Tammy's Recipes.
  • Use your bread machine to make a thin crust pizza dough. Add fresh herbs to the dough before rolling it out as thinly as possible. After baking, use a pizza wheel to slice into long strips. Perfect for garnishing a fancy salad!

    Baleboosteh said...

    Oh Meredith, I feel for you! Thank you so much for posting the cracker recipe for two reasons. Both my boys love crackers and I have never tried making them. These sound delicious! Secondly, I love Mother Earth News but it is pretty hard to come by here. Borders in Central London sells it but I don't get up there often. I had completely forgotten about their website! Now, thanks to you, I have found it again and signed up for their newsletter.

    Kim said...

    Thanks for telling me AFTER I proudly informed the whole internet!

    lol!!! Meredith, you're a hoot. I've not ventured into crackers just yet, but I should.

    Anonymous said...

    Hi Meredith-
    I have an almost 9 month old who has been cutting teeth the past 6 weeks or so. I am SO TIRED too, some mornings, after being up through the night with a grouchy baby. Trust me, I feel for you! It was kind of you to try the cracker recipe again in the midst of your own sleep deprivation!
    Susan :-)

    Amy said...

    I have a teething baby over here too and I FEEL YOUR PAIN! I hope you can squeeze in a nap today! Emily is finally getting all of her molars and it has been horrible for everyone over in our house :) Hang in there and thanks so much for sharing your recipes!!

    3boysmama said...

    I have a teething baby too (2 year molars, ouch!) and I completely understand. All they want is to be held.

    I found anothe rrecipe on

    The reviews all liked it; it got 4 1/2 stars our of 5

    Carrien Blue said...

    I always roll out my crackers and tortillas and often pastry between two sheets of waxed paper. It almost always works better.

    TheNormalMiddle said...

    this is why i think I'll just stick to stockpiling them when they go on sale :) I am not a patient baker. I love to cook, but baking is another thing altogether.

    It's a Mom Thing said...

    Bless your heart!