Cheddar Crackers and BBM Part 3
Yes, this process will see an end! Given the personality of the blogger I have been assigned, I decide to include something salty to my package as I heard that one cannot survive on chocolate and sugar alone (wonder why…). After my take on the very Southern Benne Seed Wafers with Flo Braker’s Sesame Spice Chips, I wanted to add cheddar cheese crackers. I thought about purchasing them through the same company that makes the benne seed wafers here in Charleston and I was standing at the cah registers with a little package of cheddar coins when my ever baking alter ego decided that I could come up with my own at home. I like those littel coins, don’t get me wrong but I am not sure how well these butter loaded (not an insult in this case) morsels would travel to a far away place. After much browsing online I finally settled on a recipe from Martha’s site. Since she had not let me down with her Double Chocolate brownies, I figured this recipe would be a good option. As always I decide to tweak it a bit.
These crackers are a good addition to a cheese platters because you can slather on some good cheese on there and they hold their texture (obviously we tried! What one has to do for blogging purposes!). I would not eat them on their own as they tend to be a bit on the dry side, but nibbled with a good wine, they are good.
Here is my take on her recipe:
Cheddar and Oregano Cheese Crackers, adapted from this recipe by Martha Stewart,
Makes 20 crackers
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoons dried oregano
3 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 cup (2 1/2 ounces) finely grated cheddar cheese
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk
Combine flour, salt, pepper, and oregano in the bowl of a food processor; pulse to combine. Add butter; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add cheese; pulse until combined. With machine running, add the milk; process until dough comes together and is well combined.
Transfer dough to a work surface. Shape dough into a 2-inch-wide log. Wrap with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 24 hours.
Heat oven to 325°. Slice chilled log into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Transfer slices to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake immediately, rotating sheet once, until crackers are golden brown and firm in the center, 25 to 35 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool. Crackers may be made a day ahead and kept in an airtight container at room temperature.
Now, I have to vacuum seal everything and send this baby off!