Crackers, Caramel Corn and Christmas

by: Sara on 12/06/2019
Posted in: Cooking , Events , Food

Over the past few days we have shared recipes for corned beef and pastrami, along with chutney, pickles, and candied jalapeños, and a couple of different cheeses. Now we need a reliable method to transfer all this yummy goodness from the charcuterie board to our eagerly awaiting lips...enter the homemade cracker! And to counter the savory we have added a little sweet with a caramel corn recipe. Both recipes, and many more, can be found in Ecothrifty: Cheaper, Greener Choices for a Happier, Healthier Life.

Be sure to come back tomorrow when we will be sharing an Irish Cream and vegan hot cocoa recipes. 

Crackers

1 cup liquid*

2 tablespoons oil or softened butter 

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons sugar or honey

large grain kosher salt

Mix together all of the ingredients. Roll out the dough as thinly as possible in small batches and cut into squares, rectangles or whatever shape you want. Poke holes in the dough and sprinkle with large-grained kosher salt.

Bake at 400°F for 15 minutes. Remove the crackers that look done and return the rest to the oven for another 5 minutes. Because it can be a challenge to roll out the crackers uniformly, some of the crackers may be done before others.

*You can use water, milk, juice, whey, or water in which potatoes were boiled. Milk makes the dough a little heavier and adds protein to the bread. Juice can be added for flavor. Orange juice makes great breakfast bread. Tomato juice makes a tasty bread to serve with salad. Whey is a natural dough conditioner and is great for helping whole grain breads to rise. The starch in potato water also helps to  create a lighter loaf of bread.

Caramel Corn

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Photo by Robert Anasch on Unsplash

¾ cup brown sugar
¼ cup butter 

¼ cup maple syrup or honey

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon vanilla

8 cups popped corn

 

Melt the butter over low heat and stir to avoid burning it. Add the rest of the ingredients except for the popcorn, and stir to blend everything together. Pour the mix over the popcorn and toss to coat it well. Spread the coated popcorn onto a buttered cookie sheet and bake at 300°F for 15 to 20 minutes.

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