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Blue Cheese & Walnut Crackers

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Blue Cheese & Walnut Crackers

A recipe from Ina Garten. Making homemade crackers was never so easy!

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  • Prep Time 60 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 20 min
  • Servings 30
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Blue Cheese & Walnut Crackers

1
stick unsalted butter, room temperature
5
to 8 ounces blue cheese (Stilton or Maytag works great)
1
cup whole wheat flour
1/2
cup all-purpose flour
2
teaspoon salt
1
teaspoon black pepper
1
large egg beaten with 1 tbsp water for egg wash
1/2
cup roughly chopped walnuts

Directions

  • 1 In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and blue cheese together for 1 minute, or until smooth. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour, salt and pepper and mix until it’s in large crumbles, about 1 minute. Add 1 tablespoon of water and mix until combined.
  • 2 Dump the dough onto a floured board, press it into a ball, and roll into a 12-inch long log. Brush the log completely with the egg wash. Spread the walnuts in a square on a cutting board and roll the log back and forth in the walnuts, pressing lightly, and distributing them evenly on the outside of the log. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or for up to 4 days.
  • 3 Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • 4 Cut the log 3/8ths-inch thick with a small, sharp knife and place the crackers on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 22 minutes until very lightly browned. Rotate the pan once during baking. Cool and serve at room temperature.
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Blue Cheese and Walnut Crackers  

As prepared by Girl Versus Dough

There are some things most of us take for granted in the kitchen. 

Take aprons, for instance. Have you ever made your own apron? Maybe you have, but most of us buy them premade from the store. Or, have you ever made a spatula? Probably not (but if so, please tell me where you found a spatula mold!)

The same goes for food. Most of us have never made our own cereal, whipped up yogurt from scratch or sifted through seas for caviar. Oftentimes these things come prepackaged for us, and we don't think twice about it. Though there are many things we simply can't make or find on our own (like the caviar, for instance, unless you're a real go-getter), there are also many things we can make -- we just haven't made them yet.



For me, it was crackers. So when I decided to make these Blue Cheese & Walnut Crackers on my blog a while back, I knew I was entering into uncharted territory, one where I would forever leave behind buying prepackaged crackers from the store (most of the time. I have my lazy days). Making these crackers was so much easier than I anticipated -- just mix the dough, roll it up and refrigerate, slice and bake. Then, voila! You've got yourself a pretty platter of homemade snacks.



These crackers don't have to be made with blue cheese and walnuts, if that's not your cup of tea. A combination of cheddar and chives works well, too, or parmesan and thyme. And they taste even better with a homemade spread or dip. You can make a whole tasting plate full of foods you've never made before, until today. Crackers are just the first step. Next step: Homemade spatula.



Stephanie (aka Girl versus Dough) has joined Tablespoon to share her adventures in the kitchen. Check out Stephanie's Tablespoon member profile and keep checking back for her own personal recipes on Tablespoon!

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