Tasty Snack for a Sunday ~ Homemade Saltines

April 15, 2012

Posted By: Shaunescy

Hubs and I have decided that potato chips are banned from the house. There are so many tasty varieties on the market but go get yourself a bag of Tangy-BBQ-Sour Cream-Cheddar chips, and tell me that is anything resembling actual food in there. Seriously, they taste so good and are gone instantly but I always feel like I didn’t even register eating them. AND, they start around $4 a bag.

Digging a little deeper, I’ve been reading labels and many of the popular crackers out there are not much better nutrition-wise. Pretty high fat content and a ton of salt. So what’s a girl with ravenous small people to do?

Make your own. It’s super easy and you get to make choices about how to make snacks healthier on a fundamental level as well as save a lot of fun tickets. Plus, kids love to roll out dough. This recipe is child's play, if you’ve read Gum In Your Hair, you may be aware that I am a horrible baker – see my recipe for Fanta Cake here . Perhaps that’s only true with things that have leavening, who knows . . . These crackers turned out great! I am going to make them again the next time we have company.

Homemade Saltines

1 cup all purpose flour, cornmeal, wheat flour your choice

½ teaspoon salt

1 ½ tablespoons melted butter

Roughly 6 tablespoons water

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Pour the flour and salt into your food processor. Add the melted butter. Pulse a few seconds. Add water a little at a time until you get a ball that sticks together. This will be immediately apparent; it just comes together all of a sudden. Roll out the dough on a floured surface, until 1/8 inch thick. Cut with a pizza cutter and arrange on an ungreased cookie sheet.

I patted these with olive oil and sprinkled the tiniest bit of salt before poking them with a fork. Next time, I think I’ll use a little grated Parmesan before popping them in the oven. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until they begin to turn light brown on the edges.

Now what to dip them in? Any suggestions?

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