Sarah from All Our Fingers in the Pie was our February 2013 Daring Bakers’ host and she challenged us to use our creativity in making Crisp Flatbreads and Crackers!
I chose this recipe because a friend saw it in the paper and asked that I make it! I added the sriracha pea crust - I love sriracha! It's a purée of fresh red jalapeños, garlic powder, sugar, salt and vinegar that is very popular in Canada and the United States. I found the sriracha peas at Target - not sure how easily available they are but wasabi peas would work too. For added zing you could also brush some sriracha sauce on the tops of the crackers before baking!
These really are savory short bread cookies. I wouldn't put
anything on top on them but they make a great appetizer.
|Roll the chilled dough in crushed sriracha peas.|
Adapted from Ina Garten
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 tsp baking powder
14 tbsp (1-3/4 sticks) cold unsalted butter, diced in ½ -inch pieces
½ minced seeded jalapeño pepper
¼ teaspoon chipotle chili powder
3 tablespoons ice water
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon milk, for egg wash
Fleur de sel or sea salt
½ c Sriracha peas, crushed (or wasabi peas)
- Place the flour, chipotle chili powder, kosher salt, and baking powder in a food processor fitted with the steel blade and pulse to combine.
- Add the butter in pieces and continue to pulse until the flour mixture looks like coarse sand.
- Add the cheddar, jalapeño and pulse again.
- With the processor running, add the water in one dump.
- Continue pulsing until the mixture just comes together into a ball.
- Place dough on a lightly floured surface and with your hands roll it into a a 14-inch log. Wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
- When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or silpat.
- Roll the dough log in the crushed sriracha peas. Press peas into the log to ensure they stick.
- Cut the dough in 3/8-inch-thick slices (3/4 of a cm).
- Place the crackers on the pan with at least an inch between cookies, brush with the egg wash, and sprinkle with the salt.
- Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden brown.
- Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.
If you don't have a food processor, whisk the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl and then cut in the butter using two knives or a pastry blender tool. Add the cheese and jalapeño and mix with a fork (don't over work the dough). Add the water and mix until dough forms. Proceed as above.