Monday, 12 August 2013

Garlic Italian Herb Crackers

Garlic Italian herb crackers
                  The words 'delicious crackers' may sound like an oxymoron, as these bland in taste diet food that merely suppress our hunger are never termed delicious. I have seen people's face shrink on the sight of commercial crackers on their tea plate. But these 'garlic Italian herb crackers' from my kitchen will change the scenario and you might end up making these in several batches again and again. 

If you like garlic bread or the flavour of Italian seasoning on pizzas and breads then I can guarantee that you will love these crackers. These are simplified version of garlic bread, crunchy to bite with the combined flavour of Italian seasoning and butter. 

                            Don't jump into conclusions that these crackers are not healthy as they are made of flour and butter. Eat in moderation and they are far better than any commercially available crackers. I have also made the healthy version of these crackers using wheat flour and olive oil, which tastes fine and good to toss in with salads. The overpowering taste of wheat flour is the only drawback.  

                        These crackers with garlic italian seasoning are must try and when you do, follow the first recipe ( which I strongly suggest to try first), savour the original taste of crackers and later try the healthy wheat flour cracker recipe. 

Crackers with Italian herbs
Flour                         200 g
Salted Butter               50 g
Powdered Sugar           1 tsp
Baking powder             2 small pinches
Milk                           1/2 cup ( about 7 to 8 tbsp )
Garlic Italian Herbs        2 tsp + more to sprinkle
Milk                           to brush on the dough

Cream butter and sugar using a spoon until light.
Add the herbs and mix well.
Add the flour and the baking powder and rub into the butter mixture until it resembles bread crumbs.
Add the milk and combine to form a dough. Do not knead, just gather to form a dough.
Place the dough between two plastic sheets and roll out the dough to a thin disc.
Cut out square shapes, brush some milk on each square ( optional), sprinkle a pinch of herbs on each square and press a little to make sure they stick to the dough.

Using the back side of a wooden skewer ( not fork ) make holes on each square, arrange them on a baking sheet lined with lightly sprayed baking paper.
Bake in a preheated oven at 180*c for about 15 minutes, the first batch and 14 minutes, the second batch.

Garlic Italian Seasoning

Ingredients as given in the little box are:
Basil, Parsley, Oregano, Chillies, Rosemary, Thyme, Marjoram, Garlic, Lemon, Onion , Salt and Pepper.
This mini box of garlic Italian seasoning is available in all NutsnSpices shop.
If you have all these dried herbs at home, make your own home made concoction of herbs and spices, add salt and use it.

For wheat crackers
Wheat flour                200 g (or a mixture of wheat flour and flour)
Olive oil                      2 T
Powdered Sugar           1 tsp
Baking powder             2 small pinches
Salt                            1/4 tsp
Garlic Italian Herbs        2 tsp + more to sprinkle
Water                        1/2 c water or milk

Mix oil and the herbs.
Add the wheat flour, sugar, baking powder and the salt into the oil mixture.
Rub the oil mixture into the dry ingredients until it resembles bread crumbs.
Add water or milk to combine the above mixture into a dough.
The rest of the procedure is same as given in the first recipe.

If you are using unsalted butter, then add 1/4 tsp of salt in the first recipe.
The flour here mentioned in the first recipe is maida or all purpose flour.
In the second recipe use a mixture of wheat flour and flour if desired and use milk instead of water for a better taste.

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