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Thursday, 6 April 2017

The World's Best Cracker Recipe

Pretty intriguing title huh. My friend Di sold me on this recipe with some she had made - better than anything you can buy.
The recipe comes from The Australian Womans Weekly, a recipe from Wendyl Nissen. It is so simple to make, makes about 3 packets worth of crackers, and they keep, perfectly crisp in an airtight jar for weeks (If you don't eat them all first).

Knackebrot  -  Swedish Crackers

220g wholemeal flour
220g rolled oats -wholegrain if you can
2 tsp salt
150g sunflower seeds
75g sesame seeds
75g linseed/ flaxseed
40g pumpkin seeds
700mls water
1 Tbsp olive oil

1. Heat the oven to 130 degrees C

2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl and add the oil and water.

3. Oil a large oven tray (I actually use 3 trays, to get it thin enough), and pour the mixture onto the trays.

4. Spread as thinly as possible. I put a piece of wax paper over it and use my hands to spread the mixture out evenly. Don't leave the paper on there though.

5. Fan bake for 15 mins, then remove from the oven and cut it into pieces. (A pizza wheel works well here)

6. Bake again at 130 degrees until golden and crisp - around 1 -2 hours, depending on the thickness of your crackers, and whether you use fanbake or just bake. 

Oh bliss with blue cheese! Tell me if you make and love them!

How is it that a person can get to their fifties and discover simple things they should have been doing for years?

Please tell me if you have a bunch of things like these, that you think everyone else must surely already know. Maybe one person will not already know these - I'm writing this for you.

1. Lettuces keep way better in the fridge if you wrap them in a clean, damp teatowel.

2. Cucumbers keep crisp if you put them stalk end down in a jar of water.

3. You can wash and reuse silicone baking paper.

#3 is going to raise some comments from my daughter and the step kids about my frugality. I deserve this after making similar comments about my mother washing and reusing clingwrap. At least I don't do that (because I don't use it). I try not to use silicone baking paper much because it's not biodegradable, although I hear there is now a biodegradable one available. Now at least it doesn't have to be single use.


  1. Oh Yum, they do look good...yet another thing on my "to do" list...I've been wanting to teach myself how to make savoury crackers for ages, it's one of those items that is always shop bought, but doesn't have to be.

    It's early morning here, and my brain won't come up with any handy hints, but I'm sure I know at least one! I will post it if I think of it! LOL

  2. I hope you do make them - I'm sure you'll be impressed. Sometimes I post things and I think - I'm sure everyone will have done this already, so cheers.

  3. Those look wonderful with all the different seeds. I'm not sure my math is up to the conversion to make them myself with cups and teaspoons. (Really I'm just lazy!)
    I'm constantly finding brilliant new ways of doing things. Here's my embarrassing one: I actually kept a roll of paper towels, which would last me years because I used them for nothing else, to put in with my lettuce to make it keep longer. For years I did this! Finally two weeks ago it dawned on me that I could use cloth just as well and grabbed a tea towel. How silly. I had some flannel scraps which I made into smaller squares that work even better.
    Here is my hint for the day. I sewed reusable produce bags to hold loose fruit and veg from the store and farmers market out of scraps of thin fabric. In the front I made a window so the clerk can see what is in there from the mesh of a bag oranges came in.

    1. Next time I make them Cynthia, I'll try to remember to make those conversions for you. Haha - love your one about the lettuces - I don't feel so bad now. Wow, you went to quite a bit of work to keep your shop clerks happy - I hope they appreciate it.

  4. Agh - just edited my recipe as I realized that I had put F instead of C on the oven temperature. Sincere apologies to anyone who this caused a problem for.

  5. These taste brilliant. Thanks Anne for introducing me to them yesterday, will be perfect for on the boat and my cracker loving boys.


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