Sourdough crackers

sourdough crackers

According to me, there are almost only advantages to baking sourdough bread.
Sourdough bread has a superior taste. Some claim it is also healthier than bread baked on commercial yeast.
The list of benefits is long.
But there’s one thing I don’t like.
And that is when you have to waste a part of the starter when feeding it.

So what’s the solution?
I know it’s necessary. Otherwise, your starter will grow into monstrous proportions, but it still feels bad.

But I also know that there are things I can do with my discarded starter if I wasn’t so lazy. Pancakes, waffles, muffins, and much more.
One thing that I have always wanted to try is sourdough crackers.
I don’t know why I’ve never tried it before.
I mean, you only have to read a few recipes to realize that it’s quite simple. You can easily make them as a side project to your ordinary baking session.

MIXING THE DOUGH

There is no kneading required. You don’t even have to stretch and fold the dough. You don’t have to think about temperature, proofing time or the risk of over-proofing or under-proofing the dough.
Sound good, doesn’t it.
It feels almost like cheating.
You just mix discarded starter with flour, butter, and salt. You can also add some dried herbs if you want. I used dried oregano, but feel free to use whatever you like and have available.
Form everything to a stiff dough with a rectangular shape.
If you prefer a tangier, sourdough taste, you can let the dough rest for a couple of hours. 7-8 hours is no problem.
If you’re in a hurry, you can continue to the next step immediately.

Wheat cracker dough

ROLL OUT THE DOUGH

Flour the working surface and the rolling pin. Some recipes suggest that you can roll out the dough directly on a piece of parchment paper. I missed that as you can see on the pictures. But it didn’t matter. The dough was quite simple to handle, and there were no difficulties in lifting it over to the parchment paper.
The rolled out dough should have a thickness of about 1/16″ (1.5 mm).
Brush with olive oil and cut the dough into squares with a pizza cutter or a sharp knife. Prick each square with a fork and sprinkle some sea salt on top.

Rolled out dough

 

dough with salt and oil

 

crackers cutted

 

TIME TO BAKE

These sourdough crackers should be baked on quite low heat, 350ºF / 175ºC.
They are ready after 20-25 minutes, or when the squares start to become brown around the edges.

I’m already addicted to these crackers. And that goes for the rest of the family as well. Two hours after I took them out of the oven, every little square was consumed.
The approach is almost the same as when I bake crispbread. But the taste is completely different. Wheat crackers remind me more of a snack.
I mean, imagine a big bowl of sourdough crackers together with some killer dips. The perfect start for any party.

 

Sourdough crackers

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Sourdough crackers
Sourdough crackers made of discarded sourdough starter. It always feels bad to waste food, but these crackers will solve your discarded starter dilemma. Besides, they taste so good you probably want to make them even if you don't have any discarded starter left.
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Instructions
  1. Mix discarded starter with flour, butter, herbs, and salt. Form everything to a stiff dough with a rectangular shape. Let the dough rest for 5-8 hours if you want a more sour taste. Otherwise, continue to the next step.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 350ºF / 175ºC. Flour the working surface and the rolling pin. Roll out the dough to a thickness of about 1/16" (1.5 mm). Transfer the rolled out dough onto a parchment paper. Brush with olive oil and cut the dough into squares with a pizza cutter or a sharp knife. Prick each square with a fork and sprinkle some sea salt on top.
  3. Bake the crackers for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the squares start to become brown around the edges. Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack.
Recipe Notes
  1. The starter used in this recipe had a hydration of 100% (equal amount of water and flour by weight).
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Four ingredients easy apple cobbler

 

easy apple cobbler

When apples look like this it’s time to waste them, right?

withered apple

Wrong.
It’s time to make a mouth-drooling, sugar bombed, decadent, and easy apple cobbler.
And don’t tell me it’s too much effort. Preparation time for this dessert is not more than 5 minutes. If you add 15-20 minutes in the oven, you will have an irresistible dessert in less than 25 minutes.

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Unfortunately, it’s not true. Because you have to preheat the oven, and that takes probably more than 5 minutes.
But when I said 5 minutes preparation time, I was not lying. This recipe is so ridiculously easy you will hardly believe its true.
You only need 4 ingredients. An apple, syrup, bread crumbs, and butter. That’s it.

You peel and core the apple, cut it into chunks, and place them in a small pie pan.
Drizzle the syrup over the apple chunks and sprinkle bread crumbs on top.
Cut thin slices of butter and cover everything with them. That’s easy if you use your cheese slicer.

apple cobbler preparation

 

apple cobbler preparation
OK, I added some extra sugar. I couldn’t resist.

That’s it. You’re ready. Now you only have to wait for that oven.
Once in the oven, the butter will melt and smother the apple chunks together with the syrup. The breadcrumbs will create a crispy surface together with butter the syrup, and if you don’t love this, you have to originate from another planet. I prefer to serve it with vanilla ice cream and a lime wedge. The lime helps to balance all the sugar.
It’s quite amazing that you can make something so delicious with so few ingredients in such a short time. And remember that the apple was something you perhaps considered to throw away.

apple cobbler

I know. There is a lot of sugar and butter in this recipe. But I never said it was healthy. Just insanely delicious.
And if you have a bad conscience about eating all that sugar and fat, there ‘s one thing you can think about that will hopefully make you feel better.
You saved that apple from being wasted.
And that’s good because we waste far too much food in the western world today.

Food waste infographic

The above figures are horrendous. But I’m sure we can change that.
We just have to think a bit differently. A little bit more creative. I hope this easy apple cobbler recipe can give some inspiration.
Because every food item that can be saved is a victory. Even if it’s just a withered apple.

 

four ingredients easy apple cobbler

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An easy recipe for a four ingredient apple cobbler. Incredibly tasty with flavors from apple, cane syrup, and butter.
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  1. Preheat the oven to 430ºF/220ºC.
  2. Peel and core the apple, cut it into chunks, and place them in a small pie plate
  3. Drizzle the syrup over the apple chunks and sprinkle bread crumbs on top.
  4. Cut thin slices of butter and cover everything with them. That's easy if you use your cheese slicer.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes until topping is golden brown
  6. Serve with vanilla ice cream and a lime wedge.
Recipe Notes

You can, of course, make a bigger apple cobbler if you have more apples. Just remember to increase the time in the oven.

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