I re-read Stephen King's The Stand a few weeks ago, and I noted that Mother Abigail says "I can still make my own cracker." as a sign of keeping her independance.
Then I see that an online friend has made some crackers. Is that possible?
Then I see a cooking show where they make crackers. That is possible.
I decide this is a sign that I am to make some crackers. Never done it before, but it is surprisingly rewarding. Completely organic and homemade. Some pics and then a recipe below.
Got the dry all ready.
Mixed, kneaded, cut, and ready to roll.
Baked to crispy, nutty goodness.
So without further delay, a Sesame Cracker Recipe:
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Rack in the middle.
Mix the following dry ingredients:
5 oz whole wheat flour
5 oz all purpose flour
1/2 cup sesame seeds (not toasted)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder (aluminium free! in crackers aluminium makes them bitter)
Add 3 Tbsp olive oil and mix in pretty well.
Add 6 1/2 oz water and mix well (by hand)
Turn dough out onto a flour covered work surface and knead until well mixed (5 or 6 times did it for me)
Cut the dough into chunks between golf ball and tennis ball sized. Cover and let rise for 20 minutes.
Roll out thin and put on a cookie sheet, with parchment paper works well but isn't required. Several places I looked recommended 1/8 of an inch in thickness, but I found thinner (between an eighth and a sixteenth) was better and gave a more crisp cracker.
Cut into the size you want (in fact you don't have to cut them at all) and bake for 8 to 15 minutes depending on your oven. Pull them when they are golden brown.
Let them cool fully (maybe 15 minutes) and serve. I recommend some hummus and roasted red pepper.
They will keep for a week or two. You can also substitute or mix with other small seeds, like poppy seeds, if you want.