It’s easy to dismiss these seeded crackers as health food based on the name alone, but unlike the bricks of sawdust available at your local GNC, these actually taste great. Coarsely ground sunflower seeds, flaxseed meal, and sesame seeds are slightly sweetened with honey to create crispy morsels that put any off-the-shelf cracker to shame.
It’s good enough plain, but there are a lot of flavoring and glazing options for the finished crackers. Sugary toppings or spiced oils can quickly transform the crackers into something either sweet or savory. My preference involves a little of both — a simple honey glaze topped with a light sprinkling of kosher salt.
recipe adapted from Peter Reinhart’s Whole Grain Breads
Sesame Flaxseed Crackers
Ingredients Volume Ounces Grams whole wheat flour 1.75 cups 8 227 sunflower seeds, ground 6 tbsp 2 56 sesame seeds, whole 6 tbsp 2 56 flaxseed meal 3 tbsp 1 28 salt .25 tsp .07 2 water .625 cups 5 142 honey 1.5 tbsp 1 28 canola oil 2 tbsp 1 28 2 tbsp honey + 2 tbsp warm water to glaze (optional) kosher salt (optional)
- Use almonds, hazelnuts, or pumpkin seeds instead of the sunflower seeds.
- Leave at room temperature overnight after kneading to turn the dough into a soaker and allow it to develop more flavor. Of course, this is completely optional.
Final Dough Instructions:
Mix Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until a firm ball is formed. Knead 3 minutes
Dough must pass the windowpane test. Just kidding.
Rest 20 minutes Divide 2 pieces Shape Prepare 2 half sheet pans lined with either parchment paper or silicon mats. On a lightly oiled work surface, roll each piece of dough thinly into a rectangular shape to fill the sheet pan. Transfer the rolled dough carefully onto the prepared sheet pans. Using a pizza wheel, bench scraper, or cookie cutter, cut the rolled dough into shapes and sizes of your choice.
An 8 year-old can do better than that.
Preheat Oven 350ºF Bake Bake for 10 minutes at 350ºF. Rotate if necessary and bake for another 10 minutes, or until the crackers are deeply browned. Glaze Brush with honey-water mixture and sprinkle with kosher salt immediately after removing from the oven (optional). The crackers will get crisp as they cool.