2 tablespoons sesame seeds or whole flax seeds, preferably golden*
1/2 cup sunflower seeds, midget preferred*
1/4 cup sesame seeds*
1/4 cup whole flax seeds,* golden preferred
sea salt or your favorite flavored salt, if desired
* Substitute 3/4 cup artisan bread topping + 1/4 cup whole flax seeds for the
sunflower, sesame, and flax seeds, if desired.
* Substitute 1/4 cup golden flax seeds for the flax and sesame, if desired.
To make the dough: Mix and knead together all of the cracker ingredients
(except the seeds) to a smooth, fairly stiff dough. Add 1-2 more tablespoons
of water if the dough is dry.
Knead in the seeds.
Let the dough rise, covered, for 60 to 90 minutes, until it's expanded a
Divide the dough in half. Working with one piece at a time, roll it into
a rectangle approximately 14" x 9", a generous 1/8" thick. This will probably
require you to roll the dough until it fights back; give it a 10-minute rest,
then come back and roll some more. It may need two rest periods to allow you
to roll it thin enough.
For easiest handling, turn the dough onto a piece of parchment paper. Spritz
the dough with water. Sprinkle with 1/4 of the topping seeds, lay a piece of
parchment on top, and press the seeds in with a rolling pin. Turn the dough
over, peel off the parchment, and repeat. Set the seeded crackers on a baking
sheet, and repeat with the remaining piece of dough.
If you don't have parchment, roll on a rolling mat or on a very lightly
floured or lightly greased work surface; and transfer the seeded crackers to
a lightly greased baking sheet. Sprinkle each sheet of crackers with some sea
salt or flavored salt, if desired. Crush the sea salt between your fingers or
grind it in a salt mill if it's very coarse.
Prick the dough over with a fork, and cut it into rectangles, whatever size
you like. Pull the crackers apart just a bit; you don't need to separate them
completely. Let the crackers rise for 30 to 45 minutes. while you preheat your
oven to 350 degrees F; they'll get just a bit puffy.
Bake for 20 minutes, until the crackers are a medium brown.
Turn off the heat, wait 15 minutes, then open the oven door a couple of
inches and let the crackers cool completely in the turned-off oven.
When they're completely cool, break apart, if necessary, and store airtight.
Hands-on time: 20 mins. to 35 mins. | Baking time: 35 mins. to 50 mins.
Yield: two 16" x 11" sheets of crackers