Thursday, April 21, 2011

Flax Seed Crackers

I recently polished off my box of store-bought crackers and came to the realization that I could probably bake a comparable cracker at home for a much lower price. Crackers (or these crackers I should say) are incredibly easy to produce. With my surplus of flax seeds and whole wheat flour, I created these crackers based off of Alton Brown's recipe. While they are no Wheat Thin, I quite like them. 

Flaxseed Crackers

Adapted from Alton Brown's Seedy Crisps Recipe

  • 9 3/4 ounces whole-wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup Flaxseeds
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 3/4 ounces water

In a medium bowl whisk together flour, flax seeds, salt, and baking powder. Add the oil and stir until combined. Add the water and stir to combine and create a dough. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead 4 to 5 times. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces, cover with a plastic wrap and allow to rest for 15 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out 1 piece of dough to 1/16-inch and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Score dough into desired size with knife or pizza cutter. Poke holes into dough with fork. Bake for 8-9 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack. 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Maine Travels and Apartment Update

Last week, my dear friend Katie journeyed out to New England to visit me. While she was here, we embarked on a small road-trip to Maine.  We drove up through the White Mountains, then down to Portland where we stayed overnight in Portland at a cute Bed & Breakfast. The following morning (after discovering a lovely City of Portland parking ticket on my windshield) we ventured down the coast of Maine, cruising along the smaller back roads. Most of the tiny coastal towns were sleepy and quite this time of year, but still incredibly scenic and quaint. 

Katie, with her sharp interior design eye, helped me piece together my apartment so the space looks a little more homely. We rearranged the furniture, hung picture frames, placed flowers and lit candles. I'm still looking for a dresser to replace my cardboard set-up, sew a couple pillows, and finish storing odds and ends. 

I feel as though my life has been very hectic lately, resulting in less blogging. However, I did recently purchase a fancy a new camera, so hopeful the new toy will spike my motivation. Vermont is slowly thawing out from the bitter winter. I'm looking forward to viewing another season change in the Upper Valley.