Thursday, August 3, 2017

Honey Garlic Crackers

Gluten free honey garlic crackers are made with freshly ground black rice flour, potato flour and psyllium. Each bite is an explosion of garlic, honey and the earthiness of black rice.

Honey Garlic Crackers

Growing up, after school snack at Grandma and Grandpa's was always a plate of Triscuits. I loved those things (and still do) - provided they were the original, real-deal, full salt kind. Since then, I still love a snack of crackers, usually spread with a Toast Topper. Usually, my crackers are pretty plain and boring, but it never really occurred to me to just make my own. Sure, I've done crackers as Christmas gifts and the like, but for me? Never thought of it.

Inspiration struck in the form of a bag of black rice (not the purplish sticky kind often called Forbidden Rice, which I also have, but inky black Chinese black rice) and the dregs of a bottle of buckwheat honey. I love honey garlic tofu on rice, so why not make a honey garlic rice cracker? I busted out the Mockmill attachment for my stand mixer and got to grinding, then added a little potato flour and psyllium for cohesion, the garlic powder (fresh would be too wet and would burn) and the honey. From experience, I know that most doughs - gluten free especially - benefit from a rest, so I spent a half hour heating my oven while it hung out in the bowl. 

Rolling and cutting was somewhat challenging - unlike regular dough this doesn't "stretch" and is prone to breaking - but by rolling and cutting on the cookie sheet you eliminate the risky "transfer" between cutting board and tray. 

They smelled awesome while baking - almost like my favourite Chinese food place growing up - and once they were cooled I grabbed a taste. Excellent on their own, even better with more honey on top (what can I say, I have a sweet tooth), and even great with sour cherry jam! My mom had a few spread with peanut butter alongside a bowl of curry and gave it the thumbs up too. All that taste and full of the antioxidants and iron from the whole grain rice!

Honey Garlic Crackers
Makes ~32 crackers, 16 servings
4 oz (¾ cup) black rice flour (I ground my own black rice in my Mockmill, but you can use brown rice flour too)
¼ cup potato flour (not starch)
2 tbsp psyllium husk powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp canola oil
1 ½ tbsp buckwheat or dark amber honey
Pinch salt
⅓ - ½ cup warm water
  1. In a mixing bowl, mix together the flours, psyllium, garlic powder, oil, honey and salt.
  2. Add water slowly, stirring constantly until mixture forms a rough dough.
  3. Use your hands to form it into a mound, cover and let rest 30 minutes at room temperature.
  4. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment.
  5. Place the dough mixture onto the parchment and top with a sheet of wax paper.
  6. Roll out no thicker than ⅛”, then use a pizza cutter to score the crackers.
  7. Bake 15-17 minutes. Turn off the oven and allow to cool inside.
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 48.0
Total Fat: 0.9 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 1.5 mg
Total Carbs: 10.0 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.0 g
Protein: 0.7 g  

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