A few weeks ago, I came across a homemade cheez-its recipe on Yahoo! and could not resist. I immediately emailed my co-chef (ahem...my sister) and we began plotting our approach.
It took three separate trips to the grocery store to make these. [Nice to know that some stores observe the holidays. And, who knew baking powder was so in demand?!] While our crackers do not look as brilliant as those in the Yahoo! article, they were perfectly crunchy, cheesy, salty and tasty.
Here is the recipe from Yahoo!
Makes about 5 cups of crackers
2 cups (9 ounces) all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
7 1/2 ounces (about 3 1/2 cups) finely grated sharp cheddar
2 to 4 tablespoons ice water
1 large egg white, lightly beaten
Wanting to try something exotic (yes, Eastern European treats are exotic to Africans), my sister and I decided to try and make kringle. This was back in the summer of 2014. Kringle is essentially like a braided cinnamon roll but less sweet. Ignoring the fact that neither my dad, sister or myself are bread-makers, my sister and I felt that _braided_ bread would not be a problem. How wrong we were! I should have recognized the warning when my sister and I googled what to do when dough doesn't rise despite adding yeast.
The dough was a bit too wet. Braiding the dough ended up being a comical feat. My sister was essentially rolling on the floor laughing at my attempts to braid and maintain the circular shape of the kringle loaf. Being an octopus at that time would have been super convenient. The extra arms would have come in handy.
Despite the challenges, the loaves we baked did taste good!
If any of you do attempt to make kringle, aim for your dough to be more dry and consider halving the recipe!
Our Kringle didn't turn out very well...so, no pictures.
Here is the recipe, courtesy of Food52
[A nifty converter]
Makes 1 loaf
For the dough:
Besides enjoying 'good eats', my sister and I attempt to recreate dishes we have enjoyed elsewhere. Friends sometimes join us in the trial and error. Some attempts are more successful than others.