As an adult I often feel the need to buy ‘adult’ crackers – usually stoned ground wheat thins, sesame seed flatbreads, or almond nut thins. I love ’em all. But sometimes I secretly want wheat thins. In my mind these crackers are great for kids but not adults. I have no idea why my brain thinks this way…but it does. Welcome to my world! I happened upon a homemade wheat thin recipe recently. My adult self marched into the kitchen to make a batch.
You probably have all of these ingredients in your pantry right now. This recipe was originally published in the King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking cookbook. I stumbled across it on Smitten Kitchen.
Whole wheat flour, sugar, paprika, salt, and butter. That is it! I apparently had gone through 8 pounds of sugar in 2 weeks. The only sugar I had in the house was brown and maple sugar. I opted for the maple sugar…but just added in a tablespoon vs. the 1 1/2 tablespoons Deb had called for. I used my hands to work the butter into small pieces. Adding in some cold water and 1/4 t. of vanilla extract helped to bind the mixture.
Shape it into a disc.
At this point I divided this into fourths and worked one section at a time. I put a damp towel over the remaining dough. Next up…roll it out.
Mark it. (If Patty Cake, Patty Cake is running through your head at this moment – I apologize) And, no, I did not do any fancy marking…just random patterns.
Bake these beautiful works of art for about 5-7 minutes. A few tips: you need to roll, roll, roll these very thin in order for them to crisp up. If you haven’t rolled them thin enough you should add on some baking time. I used a bench scraper to help me get the dough from the floured counter, cut, and onto the tray. Some trays I sprinkled on some salt over top…that is, when I remembered. How many did this batch make? For me I had about 3 large baking sheet trays worth. I cut crackers of all sizes here. Partly because I can never draw a straight line. I have to draw my lines right to left. This is either my creative side of my brain shining through or, well, just weird. I can draw a decent, straight music staff on the board though…ask my students!
I had a few (there are not many left..make a double batch!) crackers with some sweet potato black bean chili I made over the weekend. What a perfect Monday lunch!
I hope you have had a lovely start to the week! Thank you for reading!