Monthly Archives: April 2020

Homemade Crackers

I’ve been taking advantage of the lack of easily accessible baked goods to be a bit more experimental with my baking and crackers have been one of my ongoing projects. I came across the recipe in How to Cook Everything which claims they are really easy. In my experience, it’s a bit more nuanced than that. The recipe, at least, is super simple:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup water (plus more as needed)

Combine the ingredients together and kneed until the dough sticks together and feels a bit stiff. Then roll it out until it’s about 1/8″ thick. I don’t bother to make it look pretty, but that’s a personal call.

The first tricky bit is something I’ve noticed in all of the How to Cook Everything baking recipes: the recipe as written is boring. You definitely need to add seasoning to make it interesting. I’ve been doing sea salt and fresh ground pepper because it’s what we have and it goes well with a variety of toppings. Once I add the salt and pepper, I run the rolling pin lightly over the crackers a couple of times so that the seasonings don’t fall off when it bakes.

The next tricky bit is scoring the crackers. The instructions say “lightly score”, but you really need to cut through it at least 75% and then let the crackers cool completely before you try to break them apart. I’m still trying to perfect this part. Making progress, though! Then bake at 400 F until lightly golden brown. About 15 minutes.

Once you break apart the crackers, serve with your favorite topping. They’re use up relatively few resources and make for a tasty snack. I’ll definitely be making these again!

This is what my latest batch looked like before I put it in the oven.

This is what my latest batch looked like before I put it in the oven.

The crackers are ready to come out of the oven when they're just a little golden brown.

The crackers are ready to come out of the oven when they’re just a little golden brown.

Ready to eat! With guacamole!

Ready to eat! With guacamole!

Coffee!

Are you working from home in our new distance economy? Does that daily grind get you down?

yes :(

yes :(

Well you need some coffee! After having discovered that I actually like coffee a while ago, especially cafe drinks, I spent some time learning how to make coffee at home that I like. You will need a 12 oz french press, a burr grinder (yes a burr grinder or buying pre-ground is much better), a whisk, and some boiling water. Oh yeah, a cute assistant doesn’t hurt either.

2 mugs, whole milk, french press, whole bean, burn grinder, pot o' water.

2 mugs, whole milk, french press, whole beans, burn grinder, pot o’ water.

Cute assistant.

Cute assistant.

Grind 1/4 cup of beans (I like medium roasted, but you do you) into 1/4 cup of ground beans. Add to the french press, then add 1/4 cup of water just off the boil. Bloom the coffee by stirring, then letting sit for 30 seconds. Next, fill the french press 90% full with water and steep for 4 additional minutes. During this time, heat up 1/2 cup of milk, occasionally whisking on medium heat. Split the coffee and milk evenly in the two cups, and there you go – coffee for two.

Blooming.

Blooming.

Coffee

Coffee.

Finally, you want to enjoy the coffee sometime in the next half hour. Longer than that and it will taste meh. So that is how I make coffee at home, which I have to say is a large step up from a communal pot.

Enjoy.

Enjoy.