When I teach parents and children my simple steps to reading packet labels, the first step is to turn the packet over, the next step is to count the number of ingredients. As a rule of thumb, the more ingredients there are, the more processed it’s likely to be and will probably have less nutritional value too. This week, at a school I was teaching The Mad Food Science Program™ at, students were shocked at how many ingredients there were in 2 common lunchbox crackers – one had 12, the other 19. I shared with them how simple it was to make crackers at home, so I thought I would share this Simple Salted Gluten Free Crackers recipe with you too. This is a great cracker as it is, but you can also add different seasonings to give it extra flavours.
These are the easiest crackers I’ve ever made. They were inspired by The Pretty Bee – I just tweaked it to ingredients I like to use, and changed the method so it’s easier.
- 1 1/2 cup GF Plain Flour (I used orgran brand)
- 1/2 tspn salt
- 1 tspn coconut oil
- 15g butter
- 1/2 tspn rice malt syrup
- 1/2 cup warm water
- Salt to sprinkle on crackers
- extra flour for sprinkling on bench to knead dough
- extra melted butter for brushing crackers
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
- In a large bowl mix GF plain flour and salt.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, melt coconut oil and butter.
- Add rice malt syrup to the butter and oil mixture – stir until syrup has melted into the mixture. Remove from heat.
- Tip butter mix into the bowl of flour. Add the warm water – stir with a spoon. As the dough comes together, then use your hands to make it into a ball. Sprinkle extra flour on bench top. Remove dough from the bowl and knead for 2 minutes.
- Split the ball in half. Place one ball on a piece of baking paper and place another piece of paper on the top. Flatten the ball with a plate – put all your weight on it. Then get a rolling pin and roll out thinly (about 3mm). I usually freeze the other ball to use in a different week but you can use both balls if you want lots of crackers.
- Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter and run lines into the dough to make squares – make them any size your like.
- Sprinkle salt all over the dough. Then use your hand to gently press the salt into the crackers.
- Brush the tops of crackers with melted butter
- Bake for 10 – 15 minutes. Allow to cool on tray then break into crackers along the lines you made with the knife.
Freezing / Storing Instructions
Wrap the dough ball tightly in glad wrap and store in a ziplock bag.
2 Other Ways
- Add some grated tasty cheddar cheese to step 2 to make a cheese flavoured cracker
- Make a spicy mexican flavoured cracker by adding some of my taco seasoning mix.