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Cheese and Crackers

Dec 29, 2011

After the excesses of the past month, it’s hard to know what to eat anymore. I’m all sugared out from holiday baking and holiday snacking. Simplicity is sounding pretty good these days. These rustic-looking crackers are meant as an antidote to the fancy, fussy sweets of Christmas, and the accompanying yogurt cheese is one of the easiest spreads you can make.

Oat Crackers

1 1/2 c flour
3/4 c rolled oats
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cardamom
4 tsp sugar
6 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 c sour cream

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix dry ingredients and butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add sour cream & combine until dough comes together in a shaggy mass. Divide dough in two pieces. Roll each ball until dough is 1/8 inch thick, then cut into 2 inch squares. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

Yogurt Cheese

Place a colander lined with cheesecloth or coffee filters over a bowl. Add one quart of plain yogurt and refrigerate overnight. As the whey drips out, the mixture will thicken into a soft spread. You can add whatever spices you like to liven it up, but it tastes good plain, too. 


12:52 pm - Thu, December 29 2011
Bernie Hunhoff said:
Were the crackers any good? There was (WAS) a plateful on the magazine's conference table this morning. They were already going fast when Ruth's grandson Dylan (Dillon?) came to visit.

We offered him a cracker. He tentatively took it. Nibbled it. Ate it. Then he untentatively ate about 5 more. That's a testimonial when a 3 year old likes your food.
02:44 pm - Thu, December 29 2011
*Just Fran* said:
I have always wanted to make crackers, but never taken the plunge. This looks like an easy recipe (and sounds like they have more than received a seal of approval).
02:47 pm - Thu, December 29 2011
Ruth said:
Yes, Dylan loved the crackers and the cheese spread. But then, so did I!
06:45 am - Fri, December 30 2011
Katie said:
These are better than birthday cake!
07:13 am - Fri, December 30 2011
Barb said:
I think I'll have to try this for our New Year's gathering. Looks easy enough. Thanks for sharing the recipe Laura.
09:37 am - Fri, December 30 2011
Rebecca said:
Did you bring these yesterday - the day I called in sick? Darn this cold!

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