Easy crackers

In southern Germany the evening meal is sometimes called “Abendbrot” or  “Brotzeit” – meaning “evening bread” / “bread time”. This because often this meal consists of open sandwiches made with dark bread. Since we stopped eating bread, occasionally, I still make the big plates with nice salami, ham, different cheeses and cut vegetables. Only, instead of bread, I make these crackers. We don’t see them as bread substitute. Just as a nice crunchy side snack.

Home made grain free crackers on a plate

Turn the oven on – 140 C (280 F)

Start by grinding different seeds using a small mixer or grinder . Ground sunflower seeds makes for a good dough and sesame seeds gives the perfect crunch so the two of them should be included. This is the mix I had last night:

  • Sunflower seeds – ground to powder
  • Sesame seeds – slightly ground
  • Flax seeds – (Also called linseeds) ground to powder
  • Pumpkin seeds – slightly ground

 Total amount 400 ml (1.7 cups)  – 100 ml (0.4 cup) of each.

ground grains with salt and dill

 To this add

  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tbsp. oil (olive oil or sesame oil for example)
  • and possibly a spoon of dill or other herbs

Stir to mix. Add 5 tbsp.s water and mix until it gets a doughy texture.

crackers - the dough

Roll flat between two sheets of parchment paper.

 rolling flat between two sheets of parchment paper

Cut into squares, which is easiest to do using a pizza cutter – but a knife works as well.

cut into squares

 Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes depending on how thin you managed to roll the crackers.

When the time is up – turn oven off and leave the crackers inside, with the oven door slightly open (wooden spoon in the opening) while cooling down.

 Meantime – prepare your platter of cheese, veg and salami :-)

salami, sausage, vegetables and cheese

…and pour yourself a glass of wine – or make a cup of tea.

The crackers should be easy to crack apart when done.

“Malzeit!” Enjoy!

Liesel