The weather is FINALLY changing here in Los Angeles. It's by no means cold if you compare it to my east coast friends who got some snow this week. But for us, we are finally feeling the difference and I am happy about it. I love summer too, especially in southern California. But now we can finally bring out the fall foods and baked goods. That got me thinking. I found a great home made cracker recipe on one of my favorite sites Whisks and Whimsy.
I changed the recipe a little to include different seeds and grains and I very happy with how they turned out. Super delicious!
VEGAN QUINOA CHIA SEED FLAX CRACKERS
1 cup whole wheat flour or splelt flour (I used whole wheat flour)
1/3 cup whole, uncooked quinoa (preferrably soaked for 2 hours and dried for maximum wholesomeness)
1/3 cup ground flax seeds
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup water
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, quinoa, chia seed, flax seed, baking powder, and salt. Then add the olive oil and mix with a fork until combined. Slowly mix in a 1/2 cup of water, working it in with your hands. If needed, add up to 1/4 cup more water until the dough holds together, although, I didnt need too much more than that 1/2 cup. Knead the dough in the bowl until it is smooth and easy to work with, about 2 minutes.
Dust a clean surface with flour, dump out the dough, and press it into a flat disc. Use a rolling pin and roll out the dough until it is 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick (the thinner crackers crisp up a little more in my experience). Cut the crackers into 2-inch squares or circles, rerolling the dough as needed.
Carefully transfer the cut crackers to ungreased or parchment paper lined baking sheets. Then I used a fork to poke holes on top to give it a nice ritz cracker appearance.
Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, rotating the sheets halfway through, until the crackers are crisp and hard to the touch. Transfer the crackers to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 7 days.
Makes about 50 to 60 crackers.
I thought it would be great to pair these crackers with a soup and since I had split peas in the pantry, I decided to make a split pea soup that had an Indian flair. Super delicous. Naan may have technically been paired with this soup, but the crackers with this dish were perfect too.
SPLIT PEA SOUP
2 cups dried split peas
4 cups water, plus 1 more cup
1 teaspoon tumeric
3/4 teaspoon cumin
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2-1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons dried basil
1 clove garlic or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 table spoons nama shoyu or Braggs liquid aminos
Before cooking peas always examine, rinse and sort well to assure maximum wholesomeness of this natural product. Peas do not require soaking. Combine the 2 cups of peas with 4 cups of water in a pot adn bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover with a llid and simmer for 25-35 minutes or until tender. For this recipe you want the peas to be a little softer since we will be pureeing them.
Remove from heat and all the remaining ingredients and with a hand blender, puree everything in the pot. If you don't have a hand blender, you can blend it in a blender but be careful as the mixture is very hot. You may have to do it in parts.
Let the soup sit or simmer on very low heat 10 to 15 minutes so the spices get infused into the soup. Now it's ready to serve.
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