Once a year for American Thanksgiving (yes we’re Canadian but we got some big NFL fans over here 😉) we usually go all out and I spend days prepping food to keep everyone’s tummies full while beer and football goes down for the entire day. I like to make as much from scratch as I possibly can and this year I figured I would have my go at homemade crackers. Now they aren’t exactly the same as Ritz crackers but they were definitely close enough and quite simple to make! Like most things done from scratch they are a bit time consuming but you get a lot out of this recipe which makes it worth your while.
A quick side note, to help hold the perfect roundness of the crackers, I would recommend rolling your dough on parchment paper so you don’t have to lift them which causes some to become oval instead of round. eliminating this should help them stay round if your anal about such things like I am. I didn’t do that for the first batch of made hence the not so round crackers in the photo. You learn as you go right?
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp seasoning salt
- 2 1/2 tsp sugar
- 2 tbs oil
- 1/2 cup + 2 tbs butter
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/3 cup water
- 3 tsp baking powder
- Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
- Using a pastry cutter or a food processor cut in the butter until it resembles bread crumbs.
- Pour in the oil and cut in until well blended.
- Slowly pour in the milk and water, using a wooden spoon or a food processor, stir in until a ball forms and the dough can be handled.
- Thightly wrap in saran wrap and allow to rest for 15 -20 minutes. You can preheat your oven to 400° at this point.
- So no is where I would recommend using floured piece of parchment paper to roll your dough and cut out your crackers on. This is optional. Flour parchment paper or your workspace and begin rolling out pieces of dough until they are almost paper thin. (This is very important, if they are too thick they will be more like cracker/biscuits and they aren’t too tasty either) Once they are rolled out and cut using whatever cutters you have available to you, place them on a baking pan (I found stoneware really worked the best if you have it) and make sure you poke lots of little holes all over the crackers. (If you skip this step they will puff up like balloons!) Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the tops are turning golden brown.
- Once removed from the oven brush immediately with butter and sprinkle sea salt on the wet butter. if the butter dries the salt won’t stick so you have to be fast like a cat!
- Continue until all the dough is gone 😊
This recipe makes close to what you would get in a box of ritz crackers.