These slightly puffed, crisp crackers don't need to be dunked or spread with anything. They're perfectly delicious on their own and work well cut into festive shapes, such as trees, stars and snowmen.
- Portion size 60 servings
- Credits : Canadian Living Holiday Cookbook: Fall 2009
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (4 oz/125 g)
- 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cornmeal
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed fennel seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup cold salted butter cubed
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 3 tablespoons pitted, drained oil-cured black olives finely chopped
- 1 egg whites beaten
MethodIn food processor or bowl, mix together Parmesan cheese, flour, cornmeal, fennel seeds, baking powder and cayenne pepper. Pulse or cut in butter with pastry blender or 2 knives until in coarse crumbs. Add water; pulse just until dough starts to come together.
Turn out onto lightly floured surface; sprinkle with olives and knead to form smooth dough and incorporate olives. Cut in half; form into discs. Cover and let rest for 20 minutes.
On lightly floured surface, roll out each disc into 12-inch (30 cm) circle. Using 2-1/2-inch (6 cm) round, star or other cookie cutter, cut out shapes, rerolling and cutting scraps. Transfer shapes to greased or parchment paper–lined baking sheets. Brush lightly with egg white.
Bake in 400°F (200°C) oven until golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to racks and let cool. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month.)
Nutritional facts Per piece: about
- Sodium 45 mg
- Protein 1 g
- Calories 23.0
- Total fat 1 g
- Potassium 6 mg
- Cholesterol 3 mg
- Saturated fat 1 g
- Total carbohydrate 2 g
- Iron 1.0
- Folate 2.0
- Calcium 2.0
- Vitamin A 1.0