For some time now I have been experimenting with plenty-free baking – as in grain free, nut free, lactose free, egg free and of course, always, sugar free. These crackers happened in one of those experiments and ended up being the perfect semi-sweet cracker to go with brie cheese. But then – if you are vegan or just don’t like brie, feel free to eat them with something else or without any topping at all. They are delicious as they are too!
Cookies – crackers, the difference lies somewhere in the sweetness and texture, right? These are somewhere in between. Kind of like digestives, if you know that particular one. I’m normally not a big fan of cookies except for my chocolate chip cookies or “cookies for grown-ups” but I still make some every now and then for the kids. These hazelnut cookies with cardamom, are a new recipe that turned out quite nice. They were meant to be cookies – but I got inspired afterwards to rather use them as crackers with cheese. Yum! That’s more like me.
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.
There is a little monster living inside of me, demanding chocolate on pretty much a daily basis. This does not mean the sugar-laden milk chocolate. The monster does not actually fancy this any more, but rather anything with cacao in it. Really dark chocolate normally helps but sometimes the monster wants cookies or crackers. Last week I had one of those days… So I came up with these very chocolaty crackers. Nut free, gluten free, lactose free, egg free and (almost) guilt free! Can it get any better?
These days many of us are busy decorating our homes. December almost here, beautiful Christmas markets opening up everywhere – at least here in Europe – and radio stations starts playing “last Christmas” again. I thought today, we could bake something that is easy enough, and has a crunchy Christmassy feeling to it.
Or – have the kids make it – it’s that easy!
Bread. That’s the answer to the question – What food do you miss the most? Since giving up sugar and flour – eating low carb – bread is actually the only thing I miss (from time to time). As a swede, I was almost addicted to the many different crisp bread available up north. But there is a simple solution. Even quicker than running to the store and buying “Wasa”. And it’s tasty!
4 Basic ingredience needed – sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, salt and water – with possibility for a few extras to adjust the taste. I like to add an oil and some spice or herbs.