I consider myself a pretty productive person. I like to get up early, get things done, and then get even more things done. Now don’t get my wrong, I can have lazy days like everyone else, but I usually try to get things moving right off the bat. But…. then there was yesterday. I had the strangest craving for Wheat Thins and cheese sandwiches. For some reason I just had to have that crispy salty and slightly sweet cracker that I couldn’t get off my brain.
So- I went to my corner bodega thinking they must have some and of course they didn’t. So- I had two options. 1- Walk a few blocks to the closest grocery store and buy some or 2- Go back upstairs and figure out a way to make them myself. So yes– I am so lazy that I would rather make my own Wheat Thins than walk a few blocks to buy them. Lazy but also kinda not right?
I have got to say that these were so worth it, and also so easy, that I don’t see why I would ever buy them again. Wheat Thins have such a specific flavor and I was skeptical that these would taste as good, but they really do. The dough comes together in minutes, they are baked and cooled in just a few more. Before you know it, you may find yourself eating a stack of these in front of the TV watching this week’s Bachelorette. (Or maybe that’s just me?)
1 1/4 cups 5 oz whole wheat flour (I used whole wheat pastry flour)
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus extra for topping
1/4 teaspoon paprika
4 tablespoons 1/2 stick unsalted butter
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 400 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Add the flour, sugar, salt and paprika to a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Cut the butter into small pieces and add it to the bowl. Then, using a pastry blender, two knives, (or your hands,) mix the butter into the dry ingredients until it is coarse and crumbly. Combine the water and vanilla in a small measuring cup. Add to the butter/flour mixture and mix until a smooth dough forms. If your dough is still dry, add a little more water.
Divide the dough into 4 pieces. Work with one piece at a time, keeping the others covered with a towel so they don't dry out. Lightly flour your work surface and rolling pin and roll the dough into a large rectangle. Lift the dough and turn it as you roll to ensure it's not sticking. You want to roll the dough as thin as possible, try to make sure it's 1/16-inch thick at most. If you want all of your crackers to be perfect, trim the edges of the dough so you have a rectangle with even sides. Use a pizza cutter to cut the rectangle into squares about 1 to 1 1/2 inches wide.
Transfer the dough squares to the prepared baking sheets. You don't need to leave much space in between the crackers - they don't spread at all in the oven. Sprinkle the squares lightly with salt. Repeat the rolling and cutting process with the remaining 3 pieces of dough. Save all of your scraps under the towel; reroll them all at once to create a final batch of crackers.
Bake the crackers, one sheet at a time, until crisp and browned, about 5-8 minutes. Check the crackers at 5 minutes, and if some of the thinner ones are browning too quickly, remove them to a plate and return the remaining crackers to the oven to finish baking. They can burn quickly- so keep a close eye on them! Once brown and crisp, transfer to a plate to cool. Store the crackers in an airtight container.
Serving Size: 1 grams Amount Per Serving:Unsaturated Fat: 0g
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