Sourdough Spicy Cheddar Crackers

I feel inspired to dance by the light of the full moon, or the light of the gibbous moon (almost full) this evening—on the beach! Some kind of spice has gotten into me, after working almost 30 hours over the last two days—perhaps it is due to these spicy crackers. I had never before attempted to make my own crackers, but the Sourdough Surprises challenge got me curious. So I decided to make a cracker that I usually keep quiet in the guilty pleasures file, the one I love but try not to buy and when a box is there in front of me I try not to eat the whole thing in one sitting—what cracker other than Cheez-Its? Oh, you too? Well, now you can make your own. Image

Sourdough Spicy Cheddar Crackers

Inspired by Kath Dedon

1 cup  shredded cheddar cheese (Tillamook Cheese if you can!)

½ cup butter softened and cut into pieces

1 ½ cup flour

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp red pepper flakes

¼ cup sourdough starter

1 tsp. heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place shredded cheddar cheese, butter, flour, salt and crushed red pepper flakes in a food processor. Pulse until the dough turns into coarse crumbs. Image

Add sourdough starter and heavy cream and process until dough forms into a ball. Push crumbles into a dough ball and let rest, covered for 30 minutes. Image

Roll dough out onto a floured surface. Roll until dough reaches about 1/8″ thickness.

With a pizza cutter or knife, cut dough as you like. Use flat end of a wooden skewer to poke a hole in center of shapes. Place crackers on a greased baking sheet, at least 1/4″ apart from one another. Image Image

Bake 12-15 minutes or until edges just start to brown. Enjoy! Image

So good! Can’t believe all the tasty things that sourdough can do! Here is an attempt at taking a picture at night of the moonlight on the Atlantic Ocean on Neptune Beach. Got sand in my Danksos, and it was tickling my toes all day long. Image

18 thoughts on “Sourdough Spicy Cheddar Crackers

  1. One of the things I miss the most since learning of my son’s dairy allergy is Cheez-Its – and these look like the perfect substitution. I may have to find an excuse to make these, like, for a friend or something, just to be able to try them! Great job!

    1. So, so good! I even burnt the first batch and even they tasted great. Cheese is a forgiver. Love what’s going on over at your blog as well! Glad to get to peek into the sourdough blog community!

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