Wednesday, December 7, 2011
I am always looking for the perfect addition to an ice cold martini or other beverage for "Happy Hour." By the way, we have found that this special hour, when the neighbors come out their doors with drinks in hand is getting earlier and earlier. Perhaps because the dark sets in so much earlier. Perhaps because we are all retired and don't care about putting up appearances any more.
I think I have found it. I stumbled across "In the Kitchen with Kath" and found this very simple, very easy and very tasty cracker recipe. These cheesy crackers, (which, by the way) smell outstandingly delicious as they bake, are flaky and can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple of days..but, I really doubt they will last that long.
They do require a food processor and then this cracker can be started and to the enjoying with a drink part in less than one hour. If you want to eat them warm, even less than that. I would suggest that you use a food processor though. I would think it would get a little discouraging trying to make this dough without one.
from In the Kitchen with Kath
Depending on the size you cut them, you can get 75 to 100 crackers
1 1/2 cups (6 oz) grated, extra sharp Cheddar cheese
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened and cut into pieces
3/4 cups flour, plus more for rolling out
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Put everything except the milk in a food processor. Pulse the processor 5 seconds at a time, for about 5-6 times, until the dough is in coarse crumbs.
Add the milk and process until the dough gathers together in a ball.
Roll the dough out on a floured board with a rolling pin that has been floured, until the dough is about 1/8 inch thick.
Cut the dough into 1 inch squares with a sharp knife or pizza cutter. You can put a bit of flour on the blade of the knife to keep it from sticking. Use the flat end of a wooden skewer, I used the rounded tip of a chopstick, to poke a hole in the center of each cracker.
Place the crackers at least 1/4 inch apart on parchment paper on a baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the edges are just starting to brown.
Put the baking sheet on a rack and let the crackers cool completely. Eat or store in a covered container to eat within a day or two. ENJOY!!