Classic White Cheddar Crackers

FRESH Vol. 8 - White Cheddar

  • Yield: 20 dozen small or 48 large crackers.
Classic White Cheddar Crackers

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional for sprinkling
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 6 tablespoons (¾ stick) Darigold butter, softened
  • 8 oz. extra-sharp Darigold white cheddar cheese
  • 3-4 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten with 1 teaspoon water

Preparation

Add flour, salt, baking powder and cayenne to the bowl of a food processor; pulse to combine. Add the butter and cheese and pulse until well mixed. Add 3 tablespoons of ice water and pulse until mixture starts to hold together; add additional water if necessary. Divide the dough in half, form into 2 cubes and wrap in plastic wrap. Freeze 20 minutes.

Using one cube at a time, roll the dough on a lightly floured surface to ⅛-inch thickness. Cut the dough into ¾-inch strips (for small crackers) or 2-inch strips (for large crackers) with a fluted pastry wheel. (A pizza cutter or sharp knife may be substituted.) Cut the dough crosswise to make ¾-inch or 2-inch squares. Poke a hole in each with the bottom of a skewer or other pointed object and place squares on a baking sheet lined with parchment; freeze until firm (10-15 minutes). Repeat with the remaining dough.

Remove one baking sheet from the freezer; brush the dough with the egg and sprinkle with salt. Gently separate crackers on baking sheet, leaving space between each cracker. Bake at 350°F 15 to 18 minutes, or until puffed and crisp. Transfer to a cooling rack and repeat with the remaining dough. Store crackers in airtight containers at room temperature.