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I know what you’re thinking. Homemade Crackers- ain’t nobody got time for that! Don’t you know how easy it is to just pick up a box of crackers?
Yes, I know. I used to roll my eyes at homemade cracker recipes too- an item that would be great to make from scratch if I didn’t have 18,439 other items on my to-do list for the day.
But then I tried it and you know what- if you can make cookies, you can make crackers. Do I always make homemade baked goods? No. But are they almost always better than the store bought variety? Absolutely! Same goes for crackers. You don’t have to make them from scratch, but if you do, you’ll be rewarded with healthy, crisp-as-can-be crackers that are awesome on their own but even better when paired with a dip.
Break out your apron, it’s baking time.
Like all happily married couples, BL and I will occasionally fall asleep to BuzzFeed quizzes. It’s a great way to get an intimate look at your partner with hard-hitting questions like “Which one of Carrie Bradshaw’s Exes should you date?” “Which Disney character are you most like?”, “Would you survive in Game of Thrones?” and most recently- “Are you addicted to pizza?” (Aiden, Mulan, Hell to the No, and I think this quiz was written by a starving 14-year old)
And while ridiculous quizzes are the perfect way to cure insomnia, they also provide me with random recipe inspiration. This PB & J oatmeal parfait? Created after “Are you more peanut butter or jelly?” And, after deciding that BL and I are not addicted to pizza (much to our surprise)- I woke up the next morning with a strong craving for all things pizza.
Pizza crackers with pizza hummus should do the trick.
First up- these crackers, which I will reiterate are easier to make than they sound. If you know how to use a rolling pin, you’re golden.
Once you’ve mixed the dough (use a food processor for easy clean up), let it rest for at least 15 minutes before rolling. Resting will allow the dough to roll easier, essential when you want paper thin crackers. Then roll, cut, sprinkle with spice mixture and bake. The ingredient list seems long but it’s mostly spices. Don’t worry if you don’t have one or two, the familiar pizza flavor profile will still shine through.
If your spice cabinet is more bare than full, sub in Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, a pinch of salt and you should be good to go. The 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes is more for flavor than heat, but if you’re worried about spice then feel free to omit it.
For this month’s recipe redux theme, “DIY Kitchen Essentials”, I wanted to share with you another item I used to buy but now make almost exclusively from scratch: hummus.
Because what are crackers but vehicles to dip all the hummus with? Right. So, I present to you- pizza hummus. Like normal hummus with pizza flavoring. You are so, so welcome.
Hummus is beyond easy-peasy to master. I started with my base- the best homemade hummus recipe– and added a bit of tomato paste, oregano and basil. Creamy pizza perfection.
While I may not be addicted to pizza according to BuzzFeed standards, this cracker and hummus combo has me reconsidering my position. Ready for more DIY kitchen staples? Check out the Recipe Redux roundup below.
If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking!Print
Pizza crackers with homemade pizza hummus! Ready in just 30 minutes! A healthy snack, kid approved! Vegan | delishknowledge.com
I used a crimped pastry edge to get a decorative edge but a regular pastry cutter or pizza cutter will work too. You can make the crackers into shapes as well, but that also means rerolling the dough several times- which can toughen it.Know that the crackers will crisp further as they cool. Store the crackers in an airtight container on the counter for 3-5 days.
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