Recently, our friend, Steven Aslanian, was visiting his mother who lives near us in Florida. Since we hadn’t seen him in about 10 years, Doug and I were anxious to catch up with news about his family and him.
As Steven was running errands for his mother, he told us he was shocked at how expensive grocery items are here compared to his home stores in Pennsylvania - especially the crackers. He couldn’t believe it!
I agreed with him whole-heartedly, and told him about our cracker-buying experience back in December, and our discovery of the more reasonably-priced “ak-mak” crackers.
Even with ak-mak’s lower price, I wanted to see if there was a cracker recipe I could make that would be economical, yet delicious.
I found a recipe given to me long ago by a friend and former colleague , Gina Skillings. She’s a terrific teacher, cook, and artist. And a strict vegetarian. ( You MUST check out Gina's artistic creations at http://www.claynfiber.blogspot.com/). Her cracker recipe is so easy to make, you'll want to make them over and over again! Look out, ak-mak, this just might be your latest competition!
Homemade Whole Wheat Sesame Crackers
3/4 all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 ½ Tbsp oil
1/3 to ½ cup water
1. Mix together both flours, salt, baking powder and sesame seeds.
2. Drizzle the oil on top of the flour mixture and stir in well.
3. Gradually stir in water, adding just enough so that the batter can be gathered up into a ball.
4. Roll dough out onto a floured work surface. Roll thin and transfer to an ungreased baking sheet.
5. Bake at 400 F for about 20 -25 minutes or until golden around the edges.
6. Cool completely.
7. Break into pieces and serve as is, or with dips or spreads.
1. I separated the dough into 2 balls, rolled each separately - very thinly. This made nice, crispy crackers.
2. This recipe can also be made with all whole wheat flour.
3. When adding the water, be sure to add it slowly. Too much water will make the dough sticky.