Thursday, June 21, 2012

Pantry Raid: Seeded Wheat Crackers

Adapted from Alton Brown's Seedy Crisp recipe


5 oz. wheat flour
4 3/4 oz. white flour
1/3 cup poppy seeds
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
3 Tbs. olive oil
6 1/2 oz. water
Additional seasoning (optional): more salt, pepper, garlic salt, etc.


In a medium bowl whisk together both flours, poppy seeds, sunflower seeds, salt, and baking powder. Add the oil and stir until combined. Add the water and stir to combine and create a dough. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead 4 to 5 times. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces, cover with a tea towel and allow to rest for 15 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
For a thin snacking cracker: On a lightly floured surface, roll out 1 piece of dough to 1/16-inch and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. If there is room on the sheet pan, repeat with a second piece of dough.  Cut into desired size. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 11 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Repeat procedure with remaining dough.
Rolled out with my fancy wine bottle rolling pin

Sliced into size with a pizza cutter

For a thicker dipping cracker: On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough as above but to 1/8-inch thick. Bake for 6 minutes on the first side, then flip and bake another 4 to 6 minutes.
For super even thickness and easy rolling: Roll out using a lightly floured pasta roller. Flatten the dough until it will pass through the first setting and go to the highest number that your pasta roller will allow without tearing the dough. Bake according to the thin cracker instructions.
Note: Baking times will vary depending on exact thickness of dough and oven temperature, so watch them closely. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
On the drying rack (last two dough balls hiding below)
My first batch had no additional salt and they were good (I ate them all) but could have been better.  My second batch had additional salt sprinkled on the top - delicious!  The third batch had salt and garlic powder - MMmmmmm!  And the last batch had salt and pepper - for Sammit.


  1. YUM! I have everything except the poppy seeds. Those look SO GOOD. Did you eat them with hummus?

  2. The original recipe called for sesame seeds rather than sunflower seeds - I just threw what I had in the cupboards. No hummus :( but I did eat them with a soft french cheese. I get remnants from the grocery store for a dollar and some change so I thought I'd try something new. ^_^