Homemade saltine crackers are quick and easy, taste better than ANY store bought soda crackers ever, and best of all they are very inexpensive to make.Ok, I’ll admit that I also like the fact that I can make them in any shape I want to. There’s nothing like really pretty crackers to go with a huge, steaming bowl of homemade soup!
To make this homemade saltine crackers recipe you will need: flour, baking powder, butter, milk, coarse salt crystals, egg, heavy cookie sheet, cutters in any shape desired or a pizza wheel for easy cutting.
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Do you call them soda crackers or saltine crackers? My mom called them soda crackers so I always thought it was a Midwest thing (she was born in Michigan) but I’ve read recently that they are saltines in the United States and soda crackers in Great Britain. Personally I don’t care what they are called, hand me a stick of butter and a plateful of crackers and I’ll be happy. Serious comfort food for me!
Crackers have had a place in history since well before the Israelites headed out of Egypt with all of their earthly goods and a couple of matzahs. There were variations on that theme fore centuries but it was in 1801 that crackers were named. Josiah Bent of Massachusetts was baking biscuits one day when he got distracted. By the time he returned to his oven the biscuits were crispy. Not wanting to admit that he screwed up Josiah called them crackers because of the crackling sound they made. And that, my friends, is how crackers came to be — the result of one man’s pride.
Of course those crackers of long ago were nothing like their bland namesakes that line the store shelves today. Once you get this recipe down you will never, I repeat never, want to go back. You can vary the flour, herbs, and other ingredients to get unique cracker flavors.
You can cut these homemade saltine crackers into animal, fish or any shapes you like with small cookie cutters. And you might try adding finely grated cheese with your dry ingredients for homemade Goldfish… 😉
These crackers are fabulous, and they will last a long time, but they do require airtight storage or they will lose their crispness. Zipper bags are o.k. but for the best storage get a good quality, air tight food grade storage container.
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I collect vintage cookie cutters. Every time I am at an antique or thrift store and I see one I pick it up.I used a scalloped heart cutter for these. I looked and the closest I could find were these from Wilton.
This pretzel salt works as well on homemade Saltine Crackers as it does on pretzels!
- 4 cups flour (all purpose, bread, whole wheat or a mixture- be creative)
- 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1 1/3 cup whole milk
- Salt crystals for sprinkling
- 1 egg yolk + 1 tablespoon water OR 1 egg white + 1 tablespoon water , beaten together for egg wash.
Mix together the flour, baking powder, and butter .
If you are adding seasonings mix those in with the dry ingredients.
Cut butter into flour mixture until it forms coarse crumbs.
Add the milk and knead to form a ball.
Divide in 4 parts and roll out paper thin on a floured surface. The thinner they are the crisper they will be.
Cut the dough into squares (a pizza wheel works great for that!)
Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and prick all over with a fork.
Brush with the egg wash and sprinkle with salt (or cracked pepper ..or..)
Bake at 325 until golden brown..about 15- 20 minutes. (check after 10 minutes)
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