I hope you had a wonderful weekend! We took full advantage of our snow. Above my daughter and I are making a trail for my son out back... there are several cleared acres of an old horse pasture that make for loads of fun... and an aching back from all of that pulling! My boy has long grown out of his ski boots and now we take turns wearing mine. They're already too tight, so that won't last long. He's also only an inch away from matching my height. I think there will have to be a special ceremony when my first born and I are able to gaze directly into one another's eyes!
There's nothing like coming in from the cold to the cozy smells of fresh baking. So we made sure there was lots in the oven... from bread to crackers! The crackers were a new recipe to us and totally outstanding if you like rich and cheesy... which we do. My family would have eaten the entire batch in seconds if I hadn't requested a slow down. A New Year's goal was to move away from store bought snacks foods. These crackers were an attempt to replace the cheddar bunnies my children have a serious weakness for. They are a million times better, and we made them. There were a few adjustments; like substituting the white flour for whole wheat pastry and omitting salt since we used salted butter. Here's the original recipe.
Easy and addicting. The flatter you roll them the crispier, but we discovered that the puffy, thicker, and chewier version is our favorite hot out of the oven. For our second half of the batch, we only made them big and thick (1/4 of an inch) and used heart shaped cookie cutters just for fun. These were baked specifically for storing in a glass jar to test how well they'd keep.* The problem is no one can keep their hands out of the jar! If you're looking for a good homemade cheddar cracker to replace those bunnies (and fish) this one's for you!
*Suggestion after sampling the next day: thicker and puffier for instant eating; thinner for storing.
And for today... we may revisit our favorite pretzel! Any baking happening in your oven, these days? We're always on the look out for new recipes!