Crunchy and snappy, these crackers are fantastic with a wedge of cheese or prosciutto, they pair perfectly with pâté, and can even be used with dips for dunking. They’re fun to make, and you can lace them with different toppings, if you wish.
Making your own snacks is an extra-special touch - top these flax seeded crackers with paté, cheese and chutney.
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The dough is just a simple mix of plain flour and polenta, water and oil (both sunflower or olive oil will work here) and salt, with addition of coarsely ground flax seeds.
So, first stir dry ingredients in one bowl: plain flour, polenta, a half of teaspoon salt and a few tablespoons of coarsely ground flax seeds. Another component are liquids: water and oil. Use either sunflower or olive oil for this recipe. Mixing these two in a jug or glass.
Make a well in the centre of flour/polenta mixture, then pour liquids stirring with a wooden spoon or sturdy spatula until you get a rough dough. Continue to knead with your hands until the dough comes together. Our dough is now ready for turning into crunchy crackers!
It's time for shaping out crackers. Cut the dough into halves for easier handling. For rolling out the dough, you'll need a proper rolling pin, as the dough is quite tough. Do this on a piece of baking paper or a pastry mat, whatever you have on hand.
Roll out the dough into a rough rectangle, about 2mm thick. Cut out the ends to form proper rectangles. We love small bite-size crackers, so we cut the dough into 4x4cm squares. The dough scraper with marked measurements come really handy here, but a sharp knife will also work well.
Transfer crackers to baking sheets (lined with baking paper), brush with some olive oil and bake each batch for 8-9 minutes. Stay close to the oven, as these crackers burn easily. Once the edges of crackers are slightly brown, take them from the oven (don't overbake them). Note that they will crisp more once cooled.
They’re exceptional on the day you make them, but I enjoy them for a few days afterwards, too – keep them in an airtight tin, ready to tuck into.
These bite-sized crackers will look great in these pretty porcelain bowls.