I created this blog a year ago with the hopes of expanding my culinary knowledge. I thought that by having a blog, I would feel obligated to challenge myself to become a better baker. Obviously, my expectations fell flat. In the past year I have become a better baker for sure, but I just haven't been blogging about it. The blogging aspect is key - I think that it forces me to put forward my best effort and put a personal spin on any given recipe. So, this being said, I decided to join the increasingly popular Tuesdays With Dorie baking group! Basically, the group bakes two recipes each month from Dorie Greenspans book Baking With Julia. Members then post about their experience with the recipe.
My first recipe challenge was Dories recipe for savory wheat crackers. I have never made crackers before so I was very excited to do so. I tweaked the recipe and swapped out some of the whole wheat flour for rye flour, as well as the seedy topping for a heavy pinch of za'atar and kosher salt. These crackers were finicky, as some baked quicker than others. To be quite honest, I found them rather lackluster and the texture a little off putting. Perhaps a different flavor profile would change that. Anyway, I'm glad I made them and am looking forward to the next recipe!
Photo: Savory wheat crackers with white bean and roasted onion dip.