Tuesday, 22 September 2015

{Recipe} Copycat Ritz crackers

I always have a packet of Ritz crackers handy for when Umar or visiting kiddies get hungry, I can just whip out a few and cut slices of cheese into cutesy shapes and they just devour them.

But then I thought of the amount of salt and ingredients with numbers in those crackers and I wondered if someone's already replicated the recipe with much more natural (unaltered) ingredients. And Stef from the Cupcake Project did! So I copied her recipe, cut out some more salt and I was happy with the outcome. 
The crackers are all different adorable shapes that scream homemade and they are delicious! I hope you'll have a try and let me know how they turn out! 

Copycat Ritz crackers (makes about 100 pieces depending on your cutter size)

2-2¼ cups bread flour (you can use all purpose flour)
3 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1½ tbsp raw sugar
2 tbsp oil (I used grapeseed but you can use extra virgin olive oil)
80 g unsalted butter (cold)
2/3 cup cold water
1 tbsp unsalted butter (melted) 
  1. Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced).
  2. Pulse all the dry ingredients in a food processor. Add oil and pulse.
  3. Add butter bit by bit and pulse until thoroughly mixed through. 
  4. Add water little by little until dough comes together. If you used too much water, add a little more flour until dough comes away from the bowl. 
  5. Roll out thinly (about 3mm) on a floured surface and cut with a scalloped cookie cutter (or whatever small shape you like).
  6. Place on lined baking trays and pierce the surface of the cracker surface with holes (I used a candy thermometer like Stef but any substitute is fine). Brush lightly with the melted butter.
  7. Bake for about 10-12 minutes and cool on wire racks. Enjoy!
  • If you don't have a food processor, you can quickly rub the butter into the flour with your fingers.
  • Cold butter gives 'layers' to these crackers.
  • Next time I might refrigerate the dough for 20 minutes before rolling and 10 more minutes before baking to keep the shapes more consistent.
Please leave comments on other yummy snacks for the kiddies! Thank you for stopping by!

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