Recipe by Roosie
From the Baker's Dozen cookbook. Beautiful crackers! You may cook both sheets of crackers at once if you have 2 baking stones, however, halfway though the baking time, switch the sheets so that they bake more evenly. If you allow for the dough to chill for 1hr+ it may crack and need to sit for 10 minutes to lose its chill. Overmixing the dough will make your crackers tough, so be careful! Prep time does not include chilling.
- 1 cup cold water
- 1⁄4 cup olive oil
- 2 1⁄2 cups flour
- 1⁄2 cup cornmeal
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 teaspoons coarse salt, for topping
Directions See How It's Made
- In the bowl of a heavy-duty mixer use the paddle attachment to combine the water and oil.
- In another bowl, mix the flour, cornmeal, salt (not the coarse salt), and red pepper flakes.
- Turn the machine onto low and pour in flour mixture.
- Blend just until the dough comes together.
- By hand- mix flour, cornmeal, salt and pepper flakes in a large bowl.
- Mix oil and water in a separate medium bowl.
- Make a well in the flour mixture and pour oil/water into the center.
- Mix with a wooden spoon until just combined, as with muffins. (This may require some hand-kneading to combine thoroughly)
- On a lightly floured surface, pat dough into a flat rectangle.
- Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30-60 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 500°F.
- If using baking stone (preferred method) place stone in oven about 45 minutes before baking to heat.
- Place the rack in the center of the oven.
- Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment.
- Remove from refrigerator and dough into 2 equal pieces.
- On a lightly floured surface roll dough into a 16x12 inch rectangle.
- (If dough "resists and retracts" let is rest and work with the other piece of dough) Transfer your rectangles to your baking sheet by lightly rolling them around your rolling pin then spreading them on the baking sheets.
- Poke each rectangle all over with a fork.
- If you would like consistent shapes, score lightly with a sharp knife.
- Mist with water and sprinkle with the course salt.
- Bake for about 10 minutes until dough is set- one sheet at a time.
- Transfer on the paper onto a rack to cool.
- Let cool completely, then break into irregularly shaped crackers or break at score marks.
- Store into an airtight container for up to 3 days.