ISO finger foods

in an attempt to feed my daughter something other than Os and black beans when i need an on-the-go snack, i made crackers today. (i know, i know.  a cracker is really just a flat O, ingredient-wise.  i’m starting small.)  i rolled the dough out thicker than i would for adult snackers and didn’t bake them as long, so they’re a bit more like really thin biscuits than crackers.

i think she likes them.

and, by popular demand, the recipe:

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup white flour

1.5 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt (although i might use a little less next time)

3.5 tbsp cold butter, cut in chunks

1/2 cup cold water

the method’s just like making pie crusts (which you’ve all made lots of, right?).  i used a food processor to mix the flours, baking powder and salt.  then i dumped in the butter and pulsed it all until the butter was broken up into pea-sized pieces.  then i poured the water in while i ran the machine until a dough formed.  you might need more or less than 1/2 cup water.  let the machine knead it for a minute, then turn it out onto a floured board and roll it out into as thin of a sheet as you would like.  the thinner the dough, the crisper the cracker.  if you want, you can sprinkle seeds (poppy, sesame) or coarse salt on top and press it into the dough a little.  cut into squares or, if you’re fancy, use a cookie cutter to make shapes.  bake in a pre-heated 375 degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until they’re as crisp as you like them.  cool on a rack.  try not to eat them all before your daughter’s had a few.

(if you don’t have a food processor, you can mix the dry ingredients in a bowl, cut in the butter with a pastry blender or fork then mix in the water until a dough forms.  knead for a minute with your hands either in the bowl or on a floured board.)

8 Responses to “ISO finger foods”

  • Carrie Says:

    so gosh darn domestic…i want to be like you someday and make homemade crackers for syd. no time these days… sniff…

  • erika Says:

    double wow. i’m more than impressed too! would love the recipe!

  • Meg Says:

    Homemade crackers! I’m with Carrie and Erika — so impressed. Can you post the recipe?

  • Anya Says:

    You are insanely motivated!! How do you find the time!?

  • oma Says:

    oh you guys. i find the time by not working more than two hours a week, having a daughter who suddenly started taking the occasional 1.5 hour nap in the morning and by ignoring the myriad other things i could be/should be doing during my precious nap hours. oh, and by leaving the dishes for ned. 🙂

  • Grandma Susan Says:

    i must say…josephine looks like she enjoys her homemade crackers as much as you used to enjoy yours!! can’t wait to see the photos of her helping you roll them out with her own apron on. i just love her faces. xoxo.

  • Meg Says:

    Thank you thank you thank you for posting the recipe! I’m sooo going to try this today! 🙂

  • Eleanor Says:

    Oma You remind me so much of your wonderful mother. Can a sixty yearold make and eat them too! Namaste