Perhaps you think that the title of this post is an introduction for a little cracker-making tutorial, courtesy of the Red Ramekin kitchen. Indeed, I intended this post to be such a tutorial, but have, after a few failed attempts at making my own whole-grain crackers, admitted to myself that instead, the title of this post is really a plea to you, dear readers and fellow bloggers, for help.
Yes, I'll admit defeat if I must. In general, this blog is dedicated to cooking successes, mostly because I never make anything that doesn't come out spectacularly. Ok, maybe that's not quite right. But I usually can get it together after a few tries at any particular item. With these crackers, though, I think I could use a little advice.
The urge to bake crackers started on Saturday night, when I was at my parents' house. I pulled some Dr. Kracker-brand crackers out of the pantry for a snack, and fell in as much love as one can with crackers with these crunchy, seedy, slightly sweet morsels.
These particular crackers are 100% whole-grain, and have millet, poppy, and pumpkin seeds scattered across their tops. Back at home the next day, I went to Whole Foods to scout them out, and found them on the shelf - for a cool $5 per (rather small) box. I'll pay plenty for good food, but $5 crackers? Why not just make them?
So that has been my little project for the past couple of days, and I can't say I've had much success. I first tried a yeasted dough, but that yielded little pita-like puffs of softish dough. They were tasty, but not exactly crackers. I tried again this morning, using a baking soda-risen dough, but came out with basically the same result (huh? weird, I know...).
It seems obvious that my next attempt should forgo the rising agents altogether, but the Dr. Krackers include yeast, and I want something similar in both taste and texture. Any thoughts, readers? Have you ever made a bad-ass batch of whole-grain crackers? Also, when is the last time you heard the words "bad-ass" and "whole-grain crackers" together in the same sentence?
Luckily for you (and me!) I've managed to make a batch of delicious biscotti-like crackers, which, while nothing like the Dr. Krackers, are a suitable snacking alternative. I'll post about them soon, but in the meantime, help!