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Darn Good, Gluten-Free Cheesy Crackers!

on October 12, 2013

There’s nothing better with a piping hot bowl of homemade soup than a handful of crackers. However, being on my “gluten-free” quest, I’ve not really found any store-bought crackers that I’m really crazy about. So, poking around the internet, I did a search and found this recipe on MyFieldsofGreen blogspot (link below). The only change I made was the cornstarch (I didn’t have any) and swapped it out with a half & half of potato and tapioca starches.

crackeraIngredients:

  • 8 oz. Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • 4 Tbs. cold, cubed Butter
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt (plus more to sprinkle on the top)
  • 3/4 cup Sweet Rice Flour (not to be confused with regular rice flour)
  • 1/8 cup Potato Starch
  • 1/8 cup Tapioca Starch
  • 1/2 tsp. Xantham Gum*
  • 2 Tbs. cold Water

*The original recipe says you can leave this out – but I wouldn’t. If you’re already baking GF, you probably have some on hand. If this is new to you, this is what replaces the gluten that holds “regular” flours, like wheat, together. It can be found in many grocery and health-food stores.

Directions:

  1. Place all the dry ingredients in a food processor and mix until they’re all combined.
  2. Drizzle the water in until it comes together into a dough
  3. Chill the dough (10 minutes in the freezer or 30 in the refrigerator).
  4. Roll out the dough as thin as possible (I do it in “batches”).
  5. Using a pizza cutter or knife, cut into squares.
  6. Place the squares, about 1/2″ apart, on a non-stick cookie sheet or flat pan.
  7. Prick the top of each one with a fork (this will help them cook flat).
  8. Sprinkle with Salt.
  9. Bake at 350F for 7 minutes, then turn the pan around, and cook another 7 minutes (this helps with any oven variances) — or until golden brown on the edges.
  10. Cool on a wire cookie rack.

 (While I really don’t think these taste like Cheez-Its, they really are a darn good (gluten-free) cheesy cracker!)

Here’s the link to MyFieldsofGreen in case you’d like to check out any of her other recipes! http://myfieldsofgreen.blogspot.com/2011/10/homemade-gluten-free-cheez-it-crackers.html

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