Saturday, March 27, 2010

Artisan Breads Every Day - Buttery Crackers

Yet another recipe review from Peter Reinhart's Artisan Breads Every Day.

I love the seed crackers, but these buttery crackers are my husband's favorite! The children gobbled them up, too. The dough mixed up very quickly and was easy to roll out. These crackers are so fast, you could bake up a batch while your soup heats up.

This recipe calls for all-purpose and cake flour. I replaced the cake flour with whole wheat with good results.

What to try them? I'll share the recipe!

Flaky, Buttery Crackers

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup cake flour (I used whole wheat flour)
1 tsp salt
1 T sugar
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
10 T melted butter
1 egg
6 T cold milk
egg wash (optional)

Combine all ingredients. Mix for one minute with mixer or spoon. Dough should form a firm ball and shouldn't be sticky. Transfer dough to work surface and knead for about 30 seconds.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Divide dough and roll on well floured counter. Prick holes on surface of dough with fork. Cut crackers with pizza cutter or small biscuit cutter. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until dry and crisp. If baking more then one pan of crackers, rotate pans every 5-8 minutes.


  1. Thank you for posting this. I often read but seldom comment here. I love your blog.

  2. You are an inspiration for me to try things I wouldn't even think of. We go through crackers here by the box, homemade crackers would be wonderful. A newbie question ~ Do you grease the pans?

  3. Marnie -
    I'm so glad for questions. I often forget to make things clear.

    If you are baking cracker directly on a baking sheet, lightly grease the pan. If you use parchment paper or a silicone mat, greasing is not necessary. Hope that helps!

  4. Yes, that helps! I think I will try both ways, parchment paper and greasing, to see if there's one that works better for me. Thank you so much.

  5. I just tried this! I didn't have any cake flour, so I just used All Purpose. I had to add another cup of flour because not only was it sticky, but the milk couldn't even absorb! I think next time I'll put in less butter...10 tablespoons was kind of a lot. haha However, these turned out fantastic! Tasted JUST like ritz crackers!! Thank you for sharing!

  6. I made these yesterday with all soft white wheat that I milled. My family LOVED them. Thank you so much. It is hard to find crackers that do not have partially hydrogenated oil.
    Love this blog!!

  7. Is the recipe to include the egg? Or is that just for the egg wash?

    1. The egg is included in the dough. The egg wash is optional and would take an additional egg.
      Sorry for the confusion.


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