I saw this video about 8 months ago, bought some spelt flour shortly after, and never got around to making crackers until this week when we wanted to bring a snack when hanging out with friends. I forgot to prick them with a fork prior to baking, but even with that mistake the results were ten fold the effort. In about 5 minutes of work and another 30 of baking (which will only be about 20-25 in our new oven) you get delicious crackers. I refused to pay $10 for the artisan crackers at Whole Foods, despite how delicious they look, but now I can make them for pennies…OK, maybe a couple nickles. Below is the recipe, courtesy of the New York Times and a few photos, but the video is also very helpful and fun.
1/4 t salt
1/2 C cold water
1 1/2 C spelt flour
Flour for dusting and toppings (sea salt, and herbs de Provence was the favorite)
Dissolve the salt in the water then stir in the flour. Knead the dough a few times in the bowl and turn it out on a well floured 12×17 sheet pan. If you only have a pan with a lip flip it over, and I don’t think an airback cookiesheet would be best as you want them to crisp. Roll the dough out to the size of the pan, spritz with water, prick all over with a fork, top and cut into squares if you want uniform pieces.
Bake for 15-25 until they are crispy. I used whole wheat spelt flour, so they took longer to bake, especially in our apartment size oven. Allow to cool on a rack for a few minutes and enjoy! We had them with some goat cheese which was good, but I thought was a little overpowering. I also want to experiment with some other toppings, but the herbs de Provence were especially delicious.