Saturday, August 13, 2011

Cheddar and Sunflower Seed Crackers

(about 40-50 crackers)



I didn't have any blue cheese on hand, but I have found replacing a tablespoon or two of cheddar for blue cheese gives these crackers an added depth of flavour.

I rarely bake the entire batch in one go. I like to treat these like icebox cookies.



1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/8-1/4 tsp ground cayenne, (to taste)
1/4 lb sharp cheddar cheese, cubed (replace some with blue cheese, if you like)
1/2 cup roasted sunflower seed kernels
1 large egg yolk
3-5 tbsp cold water

Place the flour, salt, and cayenne into the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times.

Add the cheese cubes and pulse a few more times until the cheese and flour appears crumbly.

Add the sunflower seeds, egg yolk and 2 tablespoons of water. Pulse a few more times. Add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, (if necessary) until you have a moist, crumbly mixture (on the verge of forming a ball). A small amount pressed together will hold it's shape (bottom left).


Firmly shape the mixture into a log about 10 inches long. If it's too crumble, just return everything back to the food processor and sprinkle a bit of water over the mixture and pulse again. On the other hand if the dough appears to be too moist, add a small amount of flour and pulse.

Wrap the log in plastic and refrigerate for about an hour or longer.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Cut the log into thin slices with a sharp knife and place them onto a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat.


 Bake for about 15 minutes or until the crackers are evenly browned.

3 comments:

Sue/the view from great island said...

Love these, Gerlinde. I've been experimenting with them myself, inspired by Ina Garten's version. My husband and I like to have them with a glass of wine. I love the idea of using the sunflower seeds and whole wheat flour...so much healthier than mine!

Gerlinde in Dallas said...

Her blue cheese and walnut crackers? I just looked them up and they look delicious.

Torviewtoronto said...

innovative healthy crackers looks wonderful i haven't had this combination

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