Friday, December 21, 2012

FFwD - Cheez-It-Ish Crackers

Cheez It Ish Crackers

These didn't work for me.  Since I'm running late I peeked at what other French Friday cooks were saying on the FF website and it looks like I am in the minority!  Where did I go wrong?  The dough did NOT come together in the food processor or after kneading a few times so I added a tablespoon of water.  Maybe 2-3 tablespoons would have been better but I squashed and pushed and shoved it together, wrapped it in plastic and hoped for the best.

The next day I couldn't get the dough to stay together long enough to roll out so I kind of squished it together to form little crackers.  I guess no one will be surprised when I say the crackers were kind of tough.  The flavor was good though!  I don't know what went wrong for me.  Maybe some of the Doristas have suggestions.  I topped each cracker with either Red Sea Salt or freshly ground pepper.  I thought they just needed something!

It was an entire day of cooking today.  Pumpkin bread, eight loaves...yes I said 8 loaves!  And caramel corn.  Now I have my neighbor gifts ready to deliver tomorrow.

My time with my grandson was wonderful!  He is so much fun, you know that point between baby and little boy?  He's right there.  Starting to play and talk and show his own little personality but still cuddly and needy.  Love it!

Every year I think I will have a Christmas Party.  So many of the French Friday cooks have their act together and do amazing things.  I'm not one of those:)  BUT I did have a little cocktail party of my own with Cheez-It-Ish Crackers, herbed olives and the Barefoot Contessa's Chipotle and Rosemary Roasted Nuts.  And Sofia!  Love me some Sofia:)  I haven't given up.  Next year I'll have that party:)

Thank you to all who participated in the Christmas card exchange.  They have been such a bright spot in this holiday season.  So much sadness in the world lately.  I look at my cards and think of the wonderful bonds formed in our little community of cooks and feel more hopeful for the world.


  1. I love how you expressed your appreciation of our group - I feel the same way.

    It's too bad the dough didn't come together for you. I wasn't sure mine would, either. It sounds like your little cocktail party was delicious, though!

    Have a great holiday!

  2. Sounds as though you had a busy day. Sorry these crackers didn't work for you, but maybe you had too many other things going
    at the same time. We have enjoyed this Christmas card exchange, hubby enjoys seeing all the different cards and the various locations
    they are coming from.
    It's been fun. Have a Merry Christmas.

  3. I'm not sure what went wrong for yours. I had an easy time with them with tasty results. Maybe try again when life calms down a bit?
    Like Teresa, I feel the same about our group. It has certainly made the world a smaller place to share this adventure with people all over the world. The card exchange made those bonds a little firmer.
    I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas, Guyla!

  4. Hey, Guyla, mine didn't come together at first either but I just added more butter. It seemed to work and the dough rolled out fine after refridgeration. They are good and are splendid with before-dinner drinks so I hope you will try again after the holidays settle down. Yep, these grandchildren are something special in our lives and your little guy is darling. For some reason it's as if I need to hold mine tighter right now. I would kill for some of your caramel corn. I like it plain and with every variation. I don't have much success when I make it. When I am trying to make caramel, all I succeed in doing is burning myself. Have a wonderful holiday and may the new year bring you health, prosperity and happiness. Yes, the Christmas card exchange was an over-the-top success, wasn't it?

  5. I agree the Christmas card exchange has been wonderful!!!
    I'm sorry your crackers didn't come together, I added walnuts to mine, which have a little oil in them and I kept processing them in my food processor until the dough really looked moist-it took a while, mine came out fine after that-good luck next time;-)
    Merry Christmas;-)

  6. Sometimes, the baking gnomes are just out to cause mischeif :-)
    Glad you enjoyed your grandbaby.
    Have a very merry Christmas!

  7. Mine came together in one lump- I didn't include that photo since I thought I had too many but I took the shot because I thought it was hilarious. Dorie explained we were looking for little clumps or such and when I peeked in the Cuisinart I had one big blob of dough :) All I can suggest is that you give them another shot since they really did taste wonderful. Now of course I am wishing I had some of your caramel corn- oh my that sounds lovely !! We also had such a treat with the holiday cards this year-Nana and I are so glad we signed up to participate. Happiest of holidays !

  8. Guyla: your version of these cheese crackers looks elegant and so nicely presented alongside the Herbed Olives and Roasted Nuts - even if the dough not come together as it was supposed to. They do have a great color. I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your lovingly prepared Christmas card - proudly on display in our living room! It is a real joy being part of this wonderful and dedicated group of bakers and cooks and I am looking forward to the coming year! Wishing you and your family very Happy Holidays!