Today’s recipe is a homemade alternative to the fruit and seed crackers that are omnipresent in the supermarkets at the moment. I was very excited when I found it and even more so when it turned out to be a dead ringer of the commercial version.
You know the crackers I am talking about. They come in a variety of flavours. The ones I have had in the house in the last week are:
- date & apricot;
- cranberry & pumpkin seeds;
- fig and sunflower seeds;
- fig and black olives; and
- raisin and pumpkin seeds.
There could be other varieties but I don’t know of them. I think they taste great but, at $5.00 for 100g, the price is a bit steep. The ingredients on the packet are flour, fruit, seeds, sugar, yoghurt, honey raising agents and salt. How hard can it be? On Boxing Day, I decided to seek a copycat recipe and it was easier than I thought.
Today’s offering is based on a recipe by Nagi, from Recipetineats, who based her recipe on one from Scott and Chris at Thecafésucrefarine.
Scott and Chris’ recipe was a take on their pumpkin & cranberry crisps. Nagi adjusted it to reflect the crackers we have in Australia.
I think Nagi nailed it. The crackers are indistinguishable from the commercial versions. I made it exactly as she suggests and I have absolutely no complaints but, next time, I will make a couple of changes.
Nagi’s recipe includes a number of herbs and spices which are not included in the commercial versions. At first, I wondered why she did this and then checked out Scott and Chris’ version. She copied them straight. I really don’t think they are needed. The original recipe on which Nagi based hers included pumpkin puree, explaining the inclusion of cinnamon and nutmeg. The turmeric, I am guessing, was for colour. When I first took the crackers out of the oven, I thought I could taste the turmeric and pepper (I have pretty good taste buds). When they cooled, I could only detect the cinnamon (which is nice) but there is no cinnamon in the commercial version and I don’t think it is appropriate. Next time I make them, I will omit the spices.
I don’t know about the herbs. I think I would include them only if I was making a fig and black olive version.
I also note that every packet, no matter the variety, includes flax seeds (linseed). Next time, I will replace some of the oats with linseed.
The other change I will make is the size of the tin. I used the loaf tin size suggested by Nagi but I think a 25cm x 8cm bar tin would produce a better shaped cracker.
Normally, I would make the crackers again with these suggestions and assess the difference before posting but we have so many crackers in the house at the moment, it would really be over-kill for me to make more. I will do another post after I make the next batch some time later.
- 250 mls milk
- 50g brown sugar, packed
- ¼ cup plain, unsweetened yoghurt
- 75g plain flour
- 75g wholemeal flour
- ½ cup dried cranberries (or other dried fruit – see above for choices)
- 1 tsp bi-carbonate of soda
- ½ cup rolled oats (see above re substituting some of the oats with linseed)
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds (or pepitas)
- ¼ tsp salt
(optional – see above)
- ½ tsp ground turmeric
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- ⅛ tsp black pepper
- Preheat your oven to 180°C.
- Line a small loaf tin with baking paper (I followed Nagi’s instructions and used a 21 x 11 x 7 cm tin but see my comments above).
- Whisk the milk, sugar and yoghurt together in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, add the flours and cranberries. Make sure the cranberries are separated and coated in flour. Add the spices and herbs, if using.
- Stir in the milk mixture.
- Spoon the batter into your prepared tin. Bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
- Cool on rack, then wrap and freeze until firm. (We left it in the freezer for a couple of hours.)
- When ready to bake, preheat your oven to 120°C. Line a couple of baking trays with baking paper.
- Use a serrated bread knife to slice the loaf into very thin slices. Place the slices on your prepared trays.
- Bake for 50 minutes or until they are a light brown, swapping trays (i.e, top to bottom and vice versa) after 25 minutes.
- Leave the crackers on the tray to cool. I left the crackers in the oven after I turned it off to make sure they were really dry.
Crackers are about to become my new baking go-to… because they are one of our eating go-to’s. Neither of us do well on too much bread, so my sourdough bread baking is sporadic but I wish to keep my starter going so I decided to use it for crackers… made my first batch and they were great so now I’m hooked. I have the makings for biscotti in my pantry which I never got around to over the festive season… more sweet things I do not need to eat either. Fruit and seed crackers sound much better, I was a fan of the fig and pistachio from the David Jones food hall for many years… with a smear of blue cheese mmm. So I will give these a go.
Hi Ella, what recipe did you use for the sough dough crackers? I would love to give it a go as we don’t eat much bread here either.
This… https://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/sourdough-crackers-recipe . Select the grams options in the ingredients measurements.
OMG – I love the look of these. I won’t buy those crackers because of the price. The closest we get are Kurrajong Kitchen’s newish Artisan Lavosh. Mainly because they are Australian made and owned and also sturdy-ish enough. BUT, I will be making these as soon as I can. Pinned!
Hi Fi, I have finished the first lot. I still have plenty of crackers in the house though (which, I bought) so I can’t make anymore, just yet.
These look fabulous Glenda… Happy New Year to you both and hope it’s a good one 🙂
Thanks Moya, same to you.
Very excited to see this Glenda, thanks. I like the commercial version but need to control which fruit, which nuts I eat, so now I can make a personalized variety
Hi Sandra, there are gluten free ones available so I am sure you could play with the flour as well to suit your dirty-try needs.
these look fabulous glenda. happy new year! cheers sherry x
Happy new year to you too Sherry.
Looks really good Glenda – reminds me of making almond bread which is the same method- it is the one time of year I use my electric knife as it makes cutting thin slices much easier x
Hi Em, yes very similar to Almond bread. They reminded me so much of almond bread, I made some. Both are so easy to make and so expensive to buy.
Hi Glen they sound great, will have to try them. As you say the commercial ones are pricey for the quantity. Love to you both xx
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Very excited about this recipe Glenda. Keen to try it out soon and might start with the fig combo. Thanks for sharing it as well as your important provisos along the way.
Hi Francesca, if you make any adjustments can you please let me know so when I make it again I can consider them. This is one recipe that is worth making. I got nearly 500g of finished biscuits and it was very simple to make.
Yes, I plan to make these soon, as soon as I recover from the Christmas cookathon.
Hi Francesca, if adding linseed would you pre soak it? I know when you bake bread the linseed needs to be presoaked but I am not sure with crackers. Ta. G
Yes, I wondered about that when I read your recipe. I soak them for bread, but I think when I’ve bought those biscuits, they seem to be whole. Not sure. Once soaked, the liquid aspect will change greatly and the whole recipe would need to be altered. Thinking about it….