It's funny how life comes full circle. Take today for instance. I decided to make a batch of homemade crackers. I have never made them before, always happily using Triscuits or Ritz or Wheat Thins. But I happened to catch a tv segment with Ina Garten preparing homemade crackers. She made them look easy and delicious, so I decided to try it myself.
I told Ashley that I was making crackers and she asked, "you can make crackers?"
I immediately remembered when I had the same conversation with my own father. One time in preparing for a dinner party, he asked me if we should make crackers. I responded with disbelief (just as Ashley did) "you can make crackers?"
My father responded with "Of course we can! We can make anything."
I remember being skeptical, not sure how we could get the crispness that store bought crackers offer.
We didn't make the crackers that day. And I was never sure how they would come out.
Now I know.
They are delicious.
Of course, I modified the original recipe which called for Parmesan and thyme. I used rosemary. Next time, I will use some whole wheat flour (maybe a 50/50 mixture with white flour).
Cut and slice.
Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake.
Let cool and then enjoy.
1 stick butter, room temperature
1 cup grated Parmesan (measure after it is grated)
1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 tsp Kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp crushed rosemary
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
Beat butter with a mixer. Add the spices and beat again. Add the Parmesan and flour. Combine.
Dump onto a sheet of wax paper. Form mixture into a log. Wrap tightly with wax paper, twist the edges and freeze for 30 minutes.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350.
Cut the log into slices just shy of 1/2" thick.
Place on pan (they can be close together as they don't spread when baking). Bake for 20 minutes until lightly browned.
Cool in sheet for 3 minutes then on wire rack until cool.
Store in an airtight tin.
Variations - vary the cheese or herb combination. A dry cheese like Parmesan or Romano work well.