The basic ingredients: 1 C. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 TBS shredded butter
6-7 TBS water
Mix together flour and salt. Shred butter into bowl with hand grater. This technique makes mixing the dough much easier than trying to "cut" it into the flour. I always have a hard time cutting my butter into biscuits etc. It seems to me that cold homemade butter is much harder than what you buy at the store. It makes me wonder just what else is added to the purchased butter....but I digress. After mixing to the point of looking similar to cornmeal, add the water 1 TBS at a time until you have a soft dough that is easily rolled out with a rolling pin.
Brush with extra melted butter and sprinkle with extra salt. At this stage you could brush with olive oil and add other herbs to taste for a special treat. I scored mine with a serated wheel that I purchased for a quarter at my local thrift store. It is perfect for this process, but you can also score with a pizza cutter. I also used a fork and made some holes in the crackers....just because it made them look more like the crackers we are familiar with.
Once they cool enough to break apart without burning your fingers, break apart and eat immediately or store in an airtight container. Next time you find yourself out of saltines, try this simple recipe. You may find that you, too, will cross saltines off your grocery list forever.
Stay tuned. I also made wheat thins, but want to tweak my recipe and process just a bit to make them more flavorful before I share it.