Butter Crackers Aka Ritz Cracker Clone

Total Time
30mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 25 mins

This is the recipe I've been waiting for my whole life! I got this recipe from Peter Reinhart's book Artisan Breads Every Day. I have never found a cracker recipe that I've been happy with before this one. All other recipes make gritty or soft crackers. They were never flaky or crisp. That has all changed now! Try these and you'll agree. Just make sure to follow the recipe to the letter. Don't substitute different flours or you'll be disappointed. Ingredients are listed by volume for beginners and by weight (grams) for the more advanced cooks out there.

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Directions

  1. Combine all dough ingredients in a large mixing bowl. If using a mixer, use the paddle attachment and mix on low speed for one minute. If mixing by hand, use a large wooden spoon and mix for one minute. The dough should form a firm ball and shouldn't be sticky. Mix in extra flour or milk as needed to adjust texture.
  2. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for 30 seconds to make sure all ingredients are evenly incorporated. The dough should be slightly tacky but not sticky.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, or 350 degrees Fahrenheit for a convection oven. Line 2 baking pans with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Do not oil the paper or silicone mats.
  4. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough on a floured work surface, frequently lifting the dough with a metal pastry scraper or bowl scraper to be sure it isn't sticking and dusting with more flour underneath if need be. You can flip the dough over and continue rolling with the bottom side up. The goal is to roll it to about 1/8 inch thickness. Use a fork or dough docker and poke holes all over the surface of the dough. Brush the surface of the dough with an even coating of the egg wash and sprinkle with fine salt.
  5. Use a small cookie cutter dipped in flour to make round crackers or cut into squares or diamonds with a pizza cutter. Place the crackers about 1/2 inch apart on the prepared pans. Gather any scrap dough and repeat the rolling out, egg wash and salting process until all dough is formed into crackers.
  6. If making more than one pan of crackers you can bake them all at once. Place the pans on different shelves and bake for 8 minutes, rotate the pans and bake for an additional 8 to 12 minutes, or until the crackers are firm and lightly golden. Remove the pans from the oven and brush the hot crackers with the melted butter. Immediately, turn off the oven, then return the pans to the hot oven for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the pans from the oven and let the crackers cool on the pan. The crackers are done when they have a rich golden brown color and are fairly dry and crisp. If they don't snap cleanly after they cool, return the pan to a hot oven for a few more minutes until they dry sufficiently to snap when broken.

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