Monday, February 25, 2013

No HFCS: Salad/Soup Crackers



Matt and I have not always paid closed attention to what we eat, I always assumed that crackers were somewhat healthy.  I was a little shocked and irritated when I found out that Ritz Crackers and Club Salad Crackers had HFCS in them.

Do to the fact that Matt wants us to be eating healthier and not eating as many chemicals, I have set out to find healthy/chemical free snacks and treats.  I was frustrated about how many things I found that were full of yucky stuff and also how expensive the healthier options were.

I decided to make my own crackers instead of accepting store bought as my only option.  I am excited to say that they turned out really great.  Matt said the flavor was great the crispiness was off, due to the fact that they were not yet cooled.  When the kids tried them they really quite enjoyed them.

I found the recipe in the same cookbook as before "Dining On A Dime Cook Book" they are homemade crackers.  I really love this cookbook, there are so many comedic exerpts in it, and so many awesome tips.

The recipe:
 
4 C. flour
3 TBSP. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/4 C. butter
1 C. milk

All ingredients except butter and milk

All mixed up

Rolling it out

Brushed with milk and pricked with a fork

Cooling

Matt making a ridiculous face because I took his picture :P

I never follow anything perfectly, the instructions say to mix all powder ingredients together and then cut in the butter.  I put everything in the mixer except the milk, and let it all go.  I then mixed in the milk.  Then roll out the dough on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness.  Cut them with a pizza cutter and brush with milk and prick with a fork.  Bake on an ungreased baking sheet at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.

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