Fancy Crackers February 21 2014
I was asked this last week to prepare some snackables for a show going on at the Denver Merchandise Mart. Of course I loaded up a case of OO MOMMIE embellishments and threw together a nice tray of cheeses, proscuitto, globe grapes and some crackers that I made. I was hoping to sell some jars to customers shopping in the showroom; and while everyone loves the chutney and ketchup; I had nearly everyone ask if they could buy the crackers. When I told one of the ladies that she could find the recipe on the web site, she said, "You can't give this recipe away! You need to sell these", while stuffing several in her mouth.
Well I'm including the recipe anyway. Maybe I will have some to sell at future shows but until then, I want you to enjoy some fancy crackers with your OO MOMMIE products.
This recipe is fast and easy and can be made with alternate cheese and nuts. The pictures show me making a double batch.
Preheat oven to 350°. Spread walnuts on a baking sheet or pie tin and toast for 5 to 8 minutes or until lightly browned. While the walnuts are still warm, lay them on a paper towel and rub them gently to remove the skins.
In a food processor, combine the cooled walnuts, flour, pepper, curry powder and cayenne; blue cheese crumbles and butter. Pulse the machine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Add egg yolks and blend until combined. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, pulsing between each addition until the dough can be easily pressed together in your hand.
Pour dough onto a lightly floured surface and form into a ball, kneading gently until mixture holds together.
Divide dough into quarters. Shape each quarter into a log about 9” long and 1 1/2 to 2 inches thick. Wrap in plastic and chill for 2 hours, or pop in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour.
Preheat oven to 400°. Slice each log 1/4” thick and arrange on parchment-lined baking sheets. (I cut them at an angle so they will be easy to hold on one end and load some ketchup on the other). Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until bottoms and edges are golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature with your favorite OO MOMMIE embellishment.
Blue cheese-walnut crisps
Yield: about 72
1/2 cup walnuts
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/8 tsp. curry powder (optional)
Dash cayenne pepper
1 cup crumbled blue cheese, cold
1/4 cup butter, cut into pieces
2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
2 to 4 Tbsp. water, as needed
Preheat oven to 350°. Spread walnuts on a baking sheet and toast for 5 to 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Set aside to cool, then chop.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, pepper, curry powder and cayenne. Cut in cheese and butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add egg yolks and walnuts, mixing until combined. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, as needed to bring dough together. Form dough into a ball, kneading until mixture holds together.
Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a log about 9” long. Wrap in plastic and chill for at least 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 400°. Slice each log 1/4” thick and arrange on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until bottoms and edges are golden brown. Transfer to wire racks to cool. Serve warm or at room temperature.