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Homemade Wheat Thins

Posted Mar 23 2012 7:30am
Like most packaged (processed) food lots of extra stuff has been added to them. I was totally inspired to make these yummy crackers when Oh She Glows posted her St. Patrick's Day crackers. I've wanted to make crackers so many times but never got around to it. I finally make the time to do it and it wasn't that bad. It was easy. I think I made them from begining to end in an hour. Not a whole lot of ingredients and not a big mess either.
All you need is whole wheat flour, butter, vanilla, sugar, paprika, salt and water. You can easily substitute nondairy ingredients to make these vegan.
Mix all the ingredients together and seperate your dough into four pieces. Tips from previous bakers said to keep the dough under a towel to prevent it from getting dry. Roll out the dough and slice into squares using a pizza cutter or butter knife. I gently cut my dough with a butter knife so I wouldn't ruin my new baking mat. Toss in the oven for 5-10 minutes. Each batch cooked a minute or two different, probably because I wasn't consistant with the thickness of the crackers. The thinner the better plus you get more crackers. If you have a family of 3-4 or more I highly recommend you double the batch. We ate most of theses crackers fresh from the oven. I kept the rest in an airtight glass container and they were fresh and crisp till the end. A whopping three days...they were DELICIOUS okay!?
Wheat Thin Crackers

by King Arthur Whole Grain Baking Cookbook

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Keywords: bake side snack healthy crackers flour

Ingredients (64 crackers)


Preheat oven to 400 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Add the flour, sugar, salt and paprika to a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Cut the butter into small pieces and add it to the bowl. Then, using a pastry blender, fork (or your hands) mix the butter into the dry ingredients thoroughly.

Combine the water and vanilla in a small measuring cup. Add to the butter/flour mixture and mix until a smooth dough forms.

Divide the dough into 4 pieces. Work with one piece at a time, keeping the others covered with a towel so they don't dry out. Lightly flour your work surface and rolling pin and roll the dough into a large rectangle. Lift the dough and turn it as you roll to ensure it's not sticking. You want to roll the dough as thin as possible, try to make sure it's 1/16-inch thick at most. If you want all of your crackers to be perfect, trim the edges of the dough so you have a rectangle with even sides. Use a pizza cutter to cut the rectangle into squares about 1 to 1 1/2 inches wide.

Transfer the dough squares to the prepared baking sheets. You don't need to leave much space in between the crackers - they don't spread at all in the oven. Sprinkle the squares lightly with salt. Repeat the rolling and cutting process with the remaining 3 pieces of dough. Save all of your scraps under the towel; reroll them all at once to create a final batch of crackers.

Bake the crackers, one sheet at a time, until crisp and browned, about 5-10 minutes. Check the crackers at 5 minutes, and if some of the thinner ones are browning too quickly, remove them to a plate and return the remaining crackers to the oven to finish baking. The crackers can burn quickly so you want to keep a close eye on them. Once brown and crisp, transfer to a plate to cool. Store the crackers in an airtight container.

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