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Garrett's Crackers
When you're struggling and money is tight, picking up a box of crackers can sometimes seem like a luxury you can't afford. We've been in that situation. It's cheaper to pick up a pound of flour and make what you need then it is to spend $2 for this and $4 for that. Those little extra dollars eventually add up. But Gary likes having peanut butter and crackers for lunch. So for about two months he worked on perfecting a saltine cracker recipe and we think he's done a pretty good job.  

Preparation Time: 1 hour
Makes: 6 dozen crackers
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 4 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 cup Water
  • 3 teaspoons Coarse Salt - For topping
  • Preheat an oven to 400 F.
  • Melt the butter and butter three 15x10 cookie sheets.
    Reserve the remaining melted butter.
  • In a mixing bowl combine the flour, salt and baking powder. Mix thoroughly. 
  • Add two tablespoons of the butter to the flour mixture. 
  • Add cup of the water to the mixture and blend it in thoroughly. An early cracker attempt. It's easier to cut the dough before it's baked.
  • Add one tablespoon water at a time till the mixture forms a ball and the dough comes completely off of the sides of the mixing bowl.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured bread board. 
  • Knead the dough till it is smooth. 
  • Divide into three equal balls. 
  • Using a rolling pin, roll each ball to a rectangle to fit the cookie sheet.
    It needs to be very thin, it should fill the sheet completely. 
  • After you get it close to the sheet size it is easier to roll the corners with the handle of a smooth wooden spoon. If it is too large for the pan, cut the rolled edge of the dough away from the edges with a knife and combine it back into the other balls.
  • Brush the sheet of dough with left over melted butter
  • Sprinkle coarse salt to taste. 
  • With a pizza cutter, cut the dough on the sheet into 6 by 4 squares. 
  • Dock the dough: using a fork, poke three rows of holes into each cracker.
  • Bake for 8 to 12 minutes till they are lightly browned.
  • You can replace the coarse salt with any variety of seasonings, such as ranch, garlic or whatever your favorite seasoned topping might be. 
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