Monday, March 9, 2015
We find that more and more often, we would rather do for ourselves than pay others. When it comes to food, it just makes sense. Have you ever read the labels? Almost everything has some sort of corn or soy product in it. Or an artificial flavoring or color. Really, if you want to enjoy your retirement, you need to take care of yourself and the best place to begin is with what you eat. Plus it's cheaper too, so it's a win-win situation. We aim to always buy groceries in their most natural form. A bag of potatoes is certainly cheaper than potato chips! I always ask myself why would I pay to have someone package up something like a pancake mix when even the most meager pantry has all the ingredients to make them? Or cake mixes? They're just a bit of flour, sugar, baking powder, and a whole lot of stuff you don't need. Did you know that they use silica as an anti-caking agent in those mixes? Who needs that? One of the things we do for ourselves is bake our own crackers. They cost around fifty cents to make as opposed to the two or three dollars for a box.
DON'T BUY IT, MAKE IT
Honey Cornbread Crackers
1 C. flour
1 C. cornmeal
1 tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
4 tbsp. cold butter
1/4 C. honey
1/3 C. milk (we use buttermilk)
some butter to brush on finished crackers
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients. Cut the butter into the mixture until it looks like fine crumbs. Stir in the honey and milk to form a dough.
Roll out the dough very thinly (about 1/8") on a floured surface . Cut the crackers into squares or desired shapes. Prick the crackers with a fork. Sprinkle with coarse salt if desired.
Place crackers on parchment paper lined baking sheets. Bake for 12-15 minutes until they are golden brown. Remove from pans and brush with melted butter. Allow to cool. We made ours in chicken shapes just because they're cuter than squares.
So that has been our week at Sweet Briar Cottage. Hope you had a pleasant one at your little corner of the world!