Daring Bakers February Challenge: Crisp Crackers and Flatbreads

27 Feb

It’s been an extremely hectic last few months and I’m so excited that I was able to take part in this month’s Daring Bakers Challenge. Sarah from All Our Fingers in the Pie was our February 2013 Daring Bakers’ host and she challenged us to use our creativity in making our own crisp flatbreads and crackers. Sarah provided several recipes and I decided to try my hand at making Raincoast Crisps.

Before this month’s Daring Bakers challenge, I rarely bought Raincoast Crisps. At around $8.00 per box, Raincoast Crisps are a little pricey for everyday snacking, but they definitely class up any gathering. Served with cheese or on their own, these crackers are sweet and savory in every bite.

Like biscotti, the crackers are first baked in a loaf, then sliced thinly and baked again to crisp them up. I definitely recommend freezing the loaves first. When you’re ready to bake them the second time, take your loaves out of the freezer and let them sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes. This will make it easier to slice the loaves thinly and more uniformly.

I could not stop eating these. Next time — and there will definitely be a next time — it would be delicious to play with different dried fruits (like dried cranberries) and nuts (chopped hazelnuts would be tasty). Packaged in a cello bag and tied with a cute ribbon, they also make an excellent hostess gift. That is, if you can dare to part with any of these crackers.

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