Thursday, July 31, 2008

Recipe Day

Awhile back, Bunnygirl posted about making home-made crackers. The Bag Lady filed that idea away for later. Then yesterday, Sagan, over at "Living Healthy in the Real World", posted her recipe for home-made crackers. The Bag Lady decided it was definitely time to jump on the bandwagon!

She used the same basic recipe that Bunnygirl had posted, but tweaked it a little in order to use what she had available.
Here is the recipe for the crackers she made:

1 C Nutri-blend flour
1/4 C rye flour
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
5 Tbsp water
1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
1 tsp chopped fresh basil

Preheat oven to 400F.
Mix flour, sea salt, pepper and basil together well in food processor (reserve a little flour for dusting). Add oil, mix well. Add enough water, 1 Tbsp at a time, until dough holds together in a compact ball.
Dust parchment paper and rolling pin with reserved flour. Roll dough into rectangle the approximate size of cookie sheet. Transfer paper and dough to cookie sheet. Lightly score dough in squares. Sprinkle lightly with coarse salt, if desired.
Bake 10 - 15 minutes until lightly browned.
Cool, break along score lines into squares.

Here is a photo of the Bag Lady's crackers:

The Bag Lady is quite pleased with the results, and is planning on doing more experimenting. She has a large quantity of dill in her garden, just begging to be used in something like this! There are all sorts of variations one could use to change the basic recipe to suit your own personal tastes.
(She tried hers with a little of The Laughing Cow Cheese, and it was delightful!)


Anonymous said...

I love ya BL so I wont lie to you.
I want these.


but I fear I wont motivate to make them.

what would it take to get you to travel to the HEAT and HUMIDITY o'my homestate and cookbake?


Missicat said...

Yum! I would never thought of making my own crackers - what's next on your recipe list??

Gena said...

Okay, as easy as they sound, I've got to try them!

Penny said...

They look yummy! I actually have cracker "issues" so I tend not to buy them as I will just scoff them allll.

I would love all your veggie growing though and whole-heartedly endorse more related Baggie recipe posts. Especially if they involve purple sprouting brocolli, King of all the vegetables!

TA x

Crabby McSlacker said...

What a revelation! I had no idea you could make crackers at home.

But I'm like MizFit--not sure if Knowledge will translate to Action.

These sound so awesome... if you ever decide to expand your Cart Smart Business into Bag Lady Crackers, I would so want to order some. I can never seem to find healthy crackers at the store except for the wasa kind that taste like cardboard.

the Bag Lady said...

Anyone who emails me their mailing address can have some! :)

Miz - send me a plane ticket and I'm there! (especially round about the minus 40 time!)

Missicat - I'm never sure what'll pop up next! Any requests?

Gena - they were really easy, and the recipe can be tweaked to suit your own tastes - especially by someone like you who has the talent in that area! Let me know what you come up with.

TA - I hang my head in shame, never having seen purple sprouting broccoli, the veggie King.

Crabby - as I said above, send me your address! :)

Leah J. Utas said...

Damn they sound good. I guess I'm going to have to get me some of that parchment paper.
Dunno what Nutri-blend flour is. I suppose I'll have to find a low-gluten substitute so I can make a pale imitation of your work.

the Bag Lady said...

dfLeah - I had never heard of it, either - cousin H brought it with her. It's a blend of white flour and wheat bran - very tasty. Try making these with finely ground cornmeal, or buckwheat...would that suit?

Penny said...

Oh Bag Lady I think I must have seen your lovely purple bunching onions and got confused with the purpleness. Forgive my sleepy brain! Do they not have purple sprouting brocolli in Canada? Ah, you see, I knew it couldn't be ALL good out there. Still, purple bunching onions sound absolutely delicious too *goes off into a vegetable-based reverie*...

TA x

Emily said...

Those looks yummy! Is the flower you use white or wheat? (I've never heard of the kind you mentioned.)I like me some Laughing Cow Cheese on crackers; I'm glad to know y'all have that up there : )

the Bag Lady said...

TA - ahh, okay. I shall look for purple sprouting broccoli today when I am shopping for groceries. (I found a delightful-looking recipe for spring roll wrappers and baked spring rolls, but need some ingredients, so I'm off to town... eventually)

Emily - the flour I used was a mixture of white and wheat bran - I imagine whole wheat would work just as well.
Gotta love the Laughing Cow!

Terrie Farley Moran said...

df Bag Lady,

the crackers look wonderful and I bet they taste wonderful as well.

Just wanted to say that yesterday's haying video is superb. I watched a bunch of times.

I bet the Rancher could use that machine to write I Love You in the hay field. And then you could fly over in a hot air balloon just before sunset.

I'm starting to wonder why I write mystery rather than romance, or after my suggestion above, I am stating to realize why I write mystery instead of romance!


Anonymous said...

Those look delicious! Thanksfor the recipe!

the Bag Lady said...

dfTerrie - I'll pass your suggestion on to the Cowman! Just to watch the explosion of laughter that it is sure to engender.... Thanks for making my day!

Mark - glad you liked it.

Geosomin said...


I was going to try and make perogies tomorrow, but I think I'll make these too. They look yummy! And I love knowing (and being able to pronounce!) all the stuff in them. :)

Unknown said...

Mmm, your crackers look delicious! Kind of like mini pappadams. They look almost exactly like my cumin crackers (for some reason the rosemary crackers didn't get the little puffs- very strange). Can you get that Nutri-blend flour in any grocery store or is it only found in special places?

the Bag Lady said...

Geosomin - you are definitely more ambitious than I am - I've never made perogies!

Sagan - my cousin brought me the flour, but I think she bought it in a regular grocery store.

Alice said...

Wow! They look like real crackers too!

Reb said...

They look wonderful Sis. What is this Laughing Cow? Where did you find it?

Ann (bunnygirl) said...

Those look soooo much better than mine did! :-)

the Bag Lady said...

Alice - thanks!

Reb - Costco. It's awesome.

BG - the secret? I tied string around an old rolling pin where I wanted the breaks to be to score the dough before I baked them....:)

new*me said...

looks great! I have a hard time finding whole grain crackers without added sweeteners. Kashi makes pretty good ones but I will try these out for sure.

Hilary said...

Baggie if you keep doing these marvelous food things, I'm going to have to buy a whole case of wine.

TB--Milwaukee said...

I love crackers, but I think I'm with a few others...probably too lazy to make them myself.

Anonymous said...

ahhh a plane ticket.

what if I drove to get you? :)

the Bag Lady said...

new*me - the best part about these is that you know what's in them!

Hilary - a case of wine sounds pretty good to me!! :)

TB - I just like to experiment with new things!

Miz - I thought you didn't have a car.......:)

Stephanie said...

They look gooood! Exactly like storebought ones, but much much healthier! Hmm I may have to lasso the bandwagon too...

the Bag Lady said...

Hi, Stephanine - thanks! They aren't bad, and I plan on doing some more experimentng.
Thanks for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

"I bet the Rancher could use that machine to write I Love You in the hay field."

Story time: A woman I used to work with was the oldest of three farm kids. One day she and one of her brothers were up by the barn and her other brother was way downhill cutting hay. They saw him driving around in strange squiggles, and that night at supper they asked him "What on earth were you doing down there?" and he said "I got bored. I was writing my name."

Mary Anne in Kentucky

the Bag Lady said...

Mary Anne - that's too funny! (Glad not to be the one trying to bale behind him, though!)

Anonymous said...

Baglady, I'm sure you can see why her father would show up every summer weekend begging her to come home and help him with the hay. (Her brothers were still in college then, so they were home for the summer, but...)

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Anonymous said...

Oh, goodness! I almost missed this gem of a post! Your crackers look beautiful and sound like they are fairly easy to make.

I'm keeping this recipe for later use! :)