It seems impossible to find palm-oil free crackers so I went in search of an easy recipe to make my own. The one below only requires 4 ingredients (plus water) and couldn’t be simpler to make.
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How to make Delicious Palm Oil-free Homemade Crackers
- 250g all-purpose flour, or a mix of all-purpose and whole grain flours
- 1 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup water
- Optional topping: 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, 1 tablespoon fennel seeds, 1 tablespoon poppy seeds, 1 teaspoon sea salt
- Heat the oven to 230°C / 450°F.
- Sprinkle a baking sheet with flour and set aside.
- Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl.
- Add the oil and water to the flour mixture and stir until a soft, sticky dough is formed. If a lot of loose flour remains in the bottom of the bowl and the surface of the dough, add more water a tablespoon at a time until all the flour is incorporated.
- Working from the centre of the dough out, roll the dough into a rectangle roughly 3mm thick. If the dough starts to shrink back as you roll it, let it rest, uncovered, for 5 minutes and then continue rolling.
- Using a pizza cutter or a sharp knife, cut the dough into individual crackers.
- Transfer the crackers to the baking sheet. Prick each cracker with the tines of a fork to prevent them from puffing during baking.
- Brush the surface of the dough with olive oil.
- Optional: combine the seeds in a small bowl and sprinkle seeds evenly over the surface of the dough)
- Bake the crackers in the oven for 12-15 minutes, until the edges are browned. Thinner crackers will bake more quickly than thicker ones; you can remove the crackers as they brown to your liking and continue baking the rest.
- Transfer the baked crackers to a wire rack to cool completely. The crackers will crisp further as they cool.
- Unfortunately these crackers don’t keep crisp overnight so they’re best eaten on the day of making. If you can’t manage to do this you can re-crisp them by laying them on a baking sheet and putting them in a 350°F oven for a few minutes.
You can double this recipe very easily to make more crackers and a photo tutorial for this recipe is available on Kitchn.com
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