When the festive season rolls around, out come the fruit and cheese platters.
Instead of serving up some regular crackers from the supermarket (or forking out mega-bucks for fancy crackers from the deli) – why not try making your own at home?
Not only are they delicious, they also manage to avoid some of the less desirable ingredients in commercial biscuits such as sugar – always a good thing when you are trying to lose weight.
Plus you can use wholemeal flour – which is quite hard to come by in a store-bought cracker biscuit.
These crackers make a lovely gift for the food lover in your life. Wrap up in some clear paper with a festive ribbon and take along with a nice wedge of cheese.
This recipe makes large crackers which you can then snap before placing on your cheese platter.
These crackers are a cinch to make and can be tailored to suit your tastes (or cheese selection).
Why not try making a cracker with:

  • Parmesan and black pepper
  • Sesame seeds and poppy seeds with sea salt
  • Finely chopped raisins with rosemary
  • 1 ¾ cups plain wholemeal flour
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, leaves finely chopped plus some extra
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup olive oil plus some extra
  • Coarse sea salt, extra
  • Heat up your oven to 230°C and place a flat baking tray in the oven to heat up.
  • In a large bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and salt; then add the chopped rosemary.
  • Gently mix the ingredients together while you gradually add the oil, and then the water.
  • Use your hands to bring the dough together into a ball.
  • Knead carefully for 20 seconds on a floured board.
  • Make 3 balls from the dough and lay one out on a piece of baking paper to fit your tray.
  • Cover the other 2 balls of dough with cling film so they don’t dry out.
  • Roll out the dough very thinly into an oval shape.
  • Brush the top with olive oil, and scatter a few pieces of rosemary and sea salt on top. Press down into place.
  • Place the dough on the paper onto the hot tray.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the cracker is golden.
  • Allow to cool while you continue with the other 2 balls of dough.
  • Once completely cooled, break up into pieces to serve.
  • These store well in an air tight container for several days.

Serves: 10. Calories per serve: 167.
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