My latest baking discovery is crackers. I had no idea how quick and easy it is to make a bacth of delicious crackers until, oh, a few days ago. It never crossed my mind to try to make them, and I somewhat assumed that they were tricky and special. How wrong I was.
Crackers are perhaps the easiest thing anyone could possibly bake. The recipe is incredibly forgiving and adaptable. Check this out:
2 cups of flour. Any flour, or combination of flour. White, wheat, rye, etc.
Flavors. Add any amount of whatever you want to flavor - herbs, spices, seeds, etc.
2 to 8 tablespoons of any fat. Butter, lard, oil, etc.
Enough water to hold it together in a ball (about 2-8 tablespoons depending on what you added above)
Mix the flour, flavors and fat in a bowl like you would a pie crust - aiming for a light crumble texture. Then add the water in and barely mix it together until it holds together.
Roll it out on a floured surface to be very thin, about 1/8 inch. Use few but firm strokes of the rolling pin.
Prick it all over with a fork. Cut it into strips or shapes with a pizza cutter or cookie cutters. Back at 350 for 20 minutes on a parchment lined pan. Cool on a rack.
My first try used white flour, basil, white pepper, black pepper, a dash of cayenne, and butter. The second batch used white and wheat flour, basil, garlic powder, some olive oil, and some butter. Each made about 60 crackers or so.
Total cost was probably under a dollar, it took under an hour to make, and tasted great. Give it a try.