Friday, July 27, 2012

Daring Bakers August challenge: Crackers!


Actually, all of us Daring Bakers have gone crackers! 

Blog-checking lines: Our July 2012 Daring Bakers’ Host was Dana McFarland and she challenged us to make homemade crackers! Dana showed us some techniques for making crackers and encouraged to use our creativity to make each cracker our own by using ingredients we love.

This month's challenge was a heck of a lot of fun, and extremely timely for me. Since my cow is off at summer camp with a very handsome bull, I decided to lease a goat.  The ideas was that she'd eat down the pasture while the bovines were absent. This wasn't an animal I'd keep...just a weed eater and a milking trainer for me.  What better animal to learn to milk on than a sweet little goat who loves her job? This way I'd be ready for that crazy cow when she returned home! 

We were NOT to fall in love with the goat. 

Absolutely not...

Anyway, I made two types of crackers and several types of goat cheese. Based on a Smitten Kitchen recipe, I made Crisp Rosemary Flatbreads.  YUM!

Then, based on several different Ritz rip-off recipes, I made some ritzy crackers.

The ritzy crackers were okay, but the flatbreads were divine!  But is there anything from Deb that isn't????  If you haven't made her graham crackers yet, please just do that now. I made those when we did the Nanaimo Bars for Daring Bakers.  Sooooo good. 

To go with the crackers, I made mozzarella, ricotta, and to types of pressed curd cheeses.  If Blogger wasn't such a pain in the butter, I'd show you more pics, but I can't take any more of this!

Tanya: I think you're just about the only person who reads this lost and dejected blog, and this message is just for you.  I'm hosting DB next month, and if you want in on the action you have to sign up before the end of the month! 

Cheese and crackers.

Cheese OR crackers?

Which would you rather be?

Oh, and by the way?  We're keeping the goat.


  1. Oh the commitment scares me so! Will I....won't I...Glad you've milked that goat for everything it's worth and made a heap of cheese before you give her back....give her back! Oh my, you're keeping the goat are now officially a menagerie

  2. Awesome job on your crackers! I have done Deb's flatbread before, and it is delicious (as is pretty much everything she makes). Also, I am excited to hear you are hosting next month! Can't wait to see what it will be!! And I love that you fell in love with the goat! That always happens, and that is precisely the reason why my husband won't let me volunteer at the animal shelter anymore, I kept wanting to bring things home with me!

  3. Cute ritzy crackers! I'm still reading your blog, although I know the feeling! Looking forward to your challenge!

  4. That's so awesome that you made your own cheese to go with your crackers! Both look delicious. I think I may be jealous that you have a goat. I love using goat's milk to make caramels - and cheese. (And your frustration with Blogger? Yeah, I get it!)