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Garlic Oregano Cracker Bread

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Garlic Oregano Cracker BreadThis Garlic Oregano Cracker Bread has a story.  Next week we are having a gourmet wine dinner at the restaurant.  The organizer didn’t want a dessert but requested a cheese plate.  Good for me right?  I skipped a special dessert for seventy people.  Well, not really.  I was asked if I had something like a savory cookie that would go with the cheese tray.

After a day or two, it suddenly dawned on me that this Garlic Oregano Cracker Bread was the perfect solution.  Years ago before I became involved seriously with food, I loved experimenting with recipes and food. Continue reading

Stuffed Focaccia

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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stuffed-focaccia.jpegStuffed Focaccia takes a bread favorite one notch  higher.  I came late to “The Great British Bakeoff” and have always been sorry for that. Unlike American baking shows that seem to care only about the glitz, this is actually a baking show. Anyway, when I finally arrived I loved it to the point I purchased a book from one of the shows.

This Stuffed Focaccia is from, “The Great British Bake Off Big Book of Baking”. As usual I have altered it somewhat, most notably the filling. Mike absolutely loves it. Continue reading

Puff Pastry Crackers

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Puff Pastry CrackersI don’t know about you, but last minute everything seems to happen at my house and these Puff Pastry Crackers take care of that. With little time to plan or think ahead, it makes it difficult sometimes when your guests expect something a bit out of the ordinary.

These Puff Pastry Crackers are the solution for 2015….or the first of 2016! Take one box of purchased puff pastry (Pepperidge Farm is fine), a beaten egg and various toppings and you have the makings of instant crackers.

These Puff Pastry crackers will keep a few days in an airtight container. However, they are so easy to make ahead there is no need. Just top the, cut and freeze. Bake from the frozen state in a matter of minutes and you’ll have everyone thinking you are a genie in the kitchen!

Puff Pastry Crackers
1 box frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed overnight in the refrigerator
1 egg, well beaten
Assorted toppings, such as
sesame seed
finely grated parmesan cheese with a hint of cayenne pepper
parmesan cheese, dried basil, oregano, a dash of garlic powder and a hint of      cayenne,
cheddar, cayenne and cumin
anything favorite flavor combination

Remove one piece of puff pastry from the box. Roll it out to about 14×12 inches. Brush it with the egg and top it as you please. Place in the freezer until frozen – this takes about 10 minutes. Remove it and cut it into the desired size of cracker. Keep in mind they will shrink somewhat when baked. Freeze again before going into the oven. Or keep them frozen for later.

When ready to bake preheat the oven to 375°F.

Line the tray with parchment paper and place the crackers on the tray about 1/4 inch apart. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes until browned and risen.

That’s it! Now act like it was just a pain to make these crackers but your guests were sooooo worth it!!!

Yield:  It depends upon the size of the cracker.  But a lot!