Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Thyme And Time Again

I finally got a chance to do some baking. I made the dough for these Thyme Crackers a few of days ago, but didn't get around to baking them until this morning. I haven't been cooking or baking much. I've been buying lunch and having random things for dinner. NaBloPoMo isn't helping any. I am so not doing it next year! Unless blogging is a full-time paying job, I can't do it everyday.

What I will do again is make these crackers. I adapted the recipe from the Chocolate & Zucchini cookbook. Clotilde's recipe is called Hazelnut Thyme Matchsticks. I love her picture of these! The lighting in my pictures is really messed up, but I didn't have the time to take enough pictures to get a bunch of good ones. So sad...

I don't generally buy hazelnuts, so I used walnuts and I used Asiago cheese instead of Parmesan. It seemed like it was going to take too long to shape the matchsticks, so I figured a thicker cracker would be pretty quick.

These really are very easy and relatively quick to make. I'm having chicken sausage and a salad for my lunch and I'm bringing some of these crackers to go with them. They would also be nice to serve when you're having company or when someone wants you to bring cheese and crackers for your contribution to a holiday party.

Adapted from Chocolate & Zucchini
Thyme Crackers
(about 20 crackers)

5 T softened butter
1 cup flour
1/3 cup Asiago cheese
1/2 tsp. sea salt
2 tsp. dried thyme
1 large egg
3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

(1 egg yolk + 1 T water for glaze)

In medium bowl combine butter and flour. Stir in cheese, salt, thyme, and walnuts. Stir in egg. The dough should be a nice consistency. Use your hands to form two balls or logs. I made logs, which I had planned to cut into crackers, but I ended up rolling them out. Wrap each in plastic and refrigerate for about a half an hour. You can leave the dough refrigerated for a few days. Take out dough and microwave for about 30 seconds to soften if it is too hard to work with. Roll out dough into a small square, about four inches around.

In separate bowl, combine egg yolk and water. Brush mixture on top of dough. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt on dough. Cut dough into pieces and transfer onto cookie sheet covered with wax paper. Bake in 350 degree oven until slightly browned, about 20 minutes.

Remove from pan with a spatula. Let cool for about 20 minutes. I'm assuming that these should store well for several days in an airtight container just like store bought crackers.

I'm thankful for all the times growing up that I was in the kitchen watching my mom bake. And licking the spoon!

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Asha said...

Great title! I can't blog everyday either, will run out of ides what to blog! You are doing fine so far though!
Crackers looks good, almost like savory Biscotti!
I am taking a break from the 1st to 12th, need to rest my brain and hands!:D

CapCity said...

Those look TASTEEEE! hope u had a wonderful thanxgiving, Anali:-)

Suldog said...

Licking the spoon is one of the great joys of life.

Anali said...

asha - Enjoy your break!

capcity - It was very nice and from your last post, sounds like you did too! ; )

suldog - : )

Susan said...

I've never made homemade crackers. But they'd be so much healthier than the boxed type. I'll have to give these savory crackers a try. Thanks, Anali!

Tera said...

Something new...something different! I did that this week. Vietnamese...and it was spectacular!

Anali said...

susan - You're welcome!

tera - Yum! I have to drop by your blog. I've gotten behind in making my rounds! ; )

Dhanggit said...

never realised its possible to bake our own crakers..they look absolutely delicious!!i think i can try making this one in my kitchen too for i have a garden full of thyme :-) nice blog you have here

foodlover said...

Foodlover said...
All of these pictures look soooooo good!!!!
Maybe you can help me out with something…? I want to order all of my food online from now on because of various reasons, but I don’t know where to go for quality food. I have tried 2 companies so far, Fresh Dining, and and Celebrity Foods, but I wanna get others I can try out. Do you know of any? The main thing I’ve ordered so far is steak. I guess you can say, I’m a steak junkie. LOL!!! From what I have found out (from what I have ordered so far) I think I am able to regulate the quality of beef I buy. I hate going to a store and getting that crappy slab of beef that I have to cut down until there is like nothing left. Hahaha!!!! (its so true though) Anyhow, sorry that I made this comment so long. If you can help me out or point me in a direction where I might find more quality foods online, I would greatly appreciate it. Have a good day or night! (depending on when you read this) LOL!!!!

Anali said...

dhanggit - Welcome! Lucky you with a garden of thyme! If you bake them, let me know how they turn out. ; )

foodlover - Welcome! I really don't know of any offhand, but good luck.

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