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Monday, April 6, 2009

Home Made Water Crackers with Smoked Salmon

It may appear that for some reason there was this void in this particular blogspace... and for a number of days this page became almost uninhabited.... as though the lights had gone out permanently after earth hour... or the blip had disappeared in the radar... or just basically flatlined...

and while that is true there is no point dwelling in the past to explain the why's and how's...

but it is great to be back in cyberspace, flexing these fingers away!

so here's the inundation of backlog of posts. just like the flour sitting untouched in the pantry for quite some time, it's time to get back to basics and what better way to start than with something simple - water crackers.

Taken from the Baking Bible (just like this other recipe)

five pantry ingredients :
1 cup plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
30g cold butter, cut into small pieces
sea salt for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 200C. Lightly grease baking tray.

Sift together flour, baking powder and plain salt. Rub butter into flour until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Stir in just enough water to bring the ingredients together into a firm dough.


measure!

Roll out dough to about 5mm in thickness and cut into small rounds or whatever shape you like. For this I used a circular ravioli cutter and it worked out perfectly. Gather leftover dough and keep on cutting until there's almost none left!

Place on baking tray and lightly prick with a fork. (I forgot this step so the crackers inflated a bit)

Brush with water and sprinkle with sea salt. I also cracked some fresh ground pepper on top before baking it for 10 minutes until golden.


brush!

Makes around 30 good sized little biccies and a great base for fingerfood - spread a little bit of ricotta on the cracker, add a rolled up smoked salmon, half a caper, tiny sprig of dill and a couple of drops of fresh lemon juice. The cracker is already seasoned with salt and pepper (and the sea salt provides a little crunch!) so all in all a tasty package!



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