Sesame flaxseed crackers

I made these delicious crackers on Thursday, after searching for recipes that use flax seed. I used¬† this recipe (adapted from a recipe in Peter Reinhart’s Whole Grain Breads)¬† but I changed several things.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 4 tablespoons almonds, ground finely (you could also use sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or a different type of nut)
  • 4 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 cups and 3 tablespoons of water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of agave nectar (you could use honey)
  • 1 tablespoon of oil

Optional: To glaze, mix 2 tablespoons agave nectar (or honey) with 2 tablespoons of water.

Also optional: I sprinkled 1/4 of the crackers with cinnamon & sugar, 1/2 with salt, and 1/4 with cayenne powder (sweet, salty, and spicy).

Directions

1) Grind the almonds. Make sure they are very finely ground. I used my nut grinder, then used a knife.

2) Mix together all of the ingredients: flour, almonds, sesame seeds, water, agave nectar and oil.

3) It will take awhile to get all of the ingredients to stick together. Use your hands. Once the dough is gathered, kneed for 3 minutes.

4) Leave the dough to rest for 20 minutes.

5) Preheat the oven to 350 F.

6) Split the dough in half. Cover two cookie sheets with wax paper. Roll out the dough into two thin rectangles (to fit on the cookie sheets), then place on the wax paper.

7) For this next step, I lifted the dough (on the wax paper) off of the cookie sheet and onto a cutting board. Using a pizza wheel or cookie cutter, cut the dough into whatever shapes you’d like your crackers.

8) Bake for 10 minutes. Rotate the trays and bake for an additional 10 minutes. After this time, some of my crackers were finished and others weren’t. They should be browned and crunchy, though they will become more crunchy as they cool. Remove the finished crackers, cook the rest until finished (mine took another 8 or so minutes).

9) Optional: Brush the cookies with the agave nectar & water mix.

10) Optional: Sprinkle with toppings (cinnamon & sugar, salt, cayenne powder, etc.)

These are the ones I sprinkled with salt.

Half of these are sprinkled with cayenne powder, half with cinnamon & sugar.

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