Homemade Crackers, made in less than 30-minutes with fresh herbs, olive oil and a variety of flour choices, make these the best crackers you will ever eat!
Homemade Crackers, made in less than 30-minutes with fresh herbs, olive oil and a variety of flour choices make these the best crackers you will ever eat!
I never skimp on the quality of cheeses, meats, smoked fish and accompaniments on the charcuterie boards I prepare.
So why skimp on crackers or flat bread? Homemade crackers can be whipped up faster than it takes you to assemble a lovely charcuterie board.
Experimenting with various types of flour will produce a variety of textures and flavors. An all time favorite cracker of mine is a Homemade Spelt Cracker.
Mediterranean Homemade Olive Oil Crackers
We, here in America, like to think of crackers as an American food, but in essence it is actually an ancient food.
Healthy Mediterranean spreads have one thing in common, they all incorporate olive oil to make them moist and flavorful.
Crackers vs Flat Pita Bread
Flatbread, pita and crackers (which are in essence a flatbread), are used to scoop food from communal plates and eaten with fingers instead of tableware.
A solid, firm piece of flatbread or cracker makes it easier to eat a meal without it becoming soggy in the food. Spelt olive oil crackers are perfect for this type of cuisine.
There is little different between a great homemade cracker and a great homemade Flat Pita Bread, except a pinch of yeast to puff them up!
Quality Charcuterie Homemade Cracker
Often when we think of a cracker, we think of a tasteless, pale ole white and dry thing to put our cheese or nut butter on.
Nope! Not in my kitchen! The choices of flour are the first thing to make the difference of homemade crackers:
- Wheat flour
- Barley flour
- Rice flour
- Spelt flour
The list is endless.
Homemade Crackers vs Store Bought Crackers
A cracker is really simply a balanced ratio between wet and dry ingredients, mixed into a dough, rolled out, cut and baked.
While a store bought cracker is mostly white flour and water, a homemade cracker really gets to be creative with the wet/dry ratio.
When making homemade crackers, olive oil is one of the best wet aspects to add to the dry ingredients for both moisture and flavor.
Homemade crackers don’t last as long as store bought crackers because they don’t have the long list of preservatives in them.
Can’t even imagine what ingredients could make a cracker have the shelf life of a year in my pantry!
Good thing homemade crackers can be made in about 30-minutes!
Herbs In Crackers
I can’t tell you how many different variations of dried herbs I’ve used in making homemade crackers because it will all depend on which herbs I have grown and have dried.
But I can tell you that dried herbs in homemade crackers are what give crackers flavor pizazz!
Salt and Crackers
Please tell me that white salt is not the only salt you have in your kitchen!
There are so many varied flavors of salt to add to the zest of homemade crackers you just wouldn’t believe it.
Many of us are familiar with sea salt harvested from seawater. As of late, many more of us have become familiar with Himalayan pink salt and its purest form of salt from salt mines high in the mountains.
But, there are so many other types of salt to bring a distinguished flavor to homemade crackers, that it will make you want to buy a collection of salts just to try them on top your crackers.
My favorite salt? Smoked salt! Slow-smoked salt for weeks over a wood fire. Dang this salt tastes amazing on homemade crackers!
Other Homemade Cracker Uses
A batch of homemade crackers will last in an airtight jar for about a week. Try tossing your crackers into a blender or food processor and crush them for further uses.
You now have a great flavor enhancer to toss your chicken or fish in before frying. Use it to thicken gravy.
Dip your crab cakes in before sautéing them and you have an added flavor coating for so many of your favorite home cooked meals.
- Barley flour or other favorite flour
- Olive oil
- Food processor
- Rolling pin
- Baking sheet pan
- Parchment paper
- Measuring cup
- Measuring spoons
Homemade Olive Oil Crackers
- Rimmed Baking Sheet
- pastry wheel or pizza wheel
- 2 1/4 cups All purpose flour
- 1/2 cup Barley flour or any favorite flour
- 2 tsp Salt
- 2 tsp Sugar
- 4 tbsp Olive oil
- 1 cup Water
- 1 tbsp Dried Herbs optional
- Preheat oven to 375
- In a food processor, place dry ingredients and herbs. Pulse. While the machine is running, slowly pour in the oil, followed by the water. It will come together into a ball very quickly. This step can also be done with a hand mixer. If the mixture seems a bit dry, add dribbles of water. If a bit wet, add sprinkles of flour.
- Roll the dough onto a floured parchment paper sheet to about 1/4 inch in thickness. Carefully lift the parchment paper and dough to a baking sheet of equal size. With a pastry wheel, pizza cutter or simply a knife, cut the crackers into the sized you desire.
- Brush the top of the dough with a little water and sprinkle with salt and/or more dried herbs.
- Bake 12 – 15 minutes until golden.
- Crackers can be cut with a cookie cutter and moved to the baking sheet if desired.
- The top can also be brushed with cream or egg wash for a different glaze, and sprinkled with a huge variety of toppings.
Notes: Crackers can be cut with a cookie cutter and moved to the baking sheet if desired. The top can also be brushed with cream or egg wash for a different glaze, and sprinkled with a huge variety of toppings.