I just happened to be making these crackers on Easter weekend, so they are in the shape of little bunnies. It’s pretty easy to make your own crackers, just mix, roll, cut and bake. I like the idea that I know what is going into my food, so I try to make as much of it from scratch as I can.
I got this recipe from a cook book called 100 Perfect Pairings, and the original recipe used fennel seeds instead of rosemary. The crackers are brushed with red wine before baking, giving them a pink hue – this is optional, as I didn’t find I could actually taste the wine. So if you want pink crackers, brush away!
I served mine with olive tapenade and goat cheese, but other sliced cheeses would work well too.
What you need
1 cup all-purpose flour, plus a little more for rolling
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 & 3/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine (optional)
3/4 teaspoon fleur de sel for sprinkling
What you do
1. Combine the flours, salt and rosemary in a bowl. Add the oil and 1/2 cup of water, working it until it combines into a crumbly ball.
2. Preheat the oven to 450F.
3. Cut the dough into three pieces and wrap two of them in plastic wrap. Work with one of the balls, rolling it out on a floured surface until it is about 2mm thick. Cut the dough into squares, or into any shape you desire.
4. Lightly brush the dough with wine, then sprinkle with a little fleur de sel. Move the crackers to a baking sheet.
5. Bake for 7-10 minutes, watching carefully so they don’t burn. While they are baking you can roll out the next batch.
6. Allow the crackers to cool on a wire rack. After they are thoroughly cooled you may store them in an airtight container for about a week.