I must admit, before developing this recipe I had only made crackers once. And when I did, I was really surprised that they were actually quite easy to make. I had thought making crackers would be fiddly and, if I am being honest, a little unnecessary. I mean, the store brought ones are pretty healthy right? Well not so much. Now, I am not saying that all crackers are unhealthy, but the super fun ones aimed at kids tend to have added sugar and artificial ingredients, not to mention plastic packaging that is an environmental nightmare. My son, of course loves the look of those crackers and asks me to buy them for him when we are grocery shopping. And while I don’t buy these as a rule, it does make me feel a little bad. I mean, I want my kid to have as much fun as the next kid right?
So when I had the idea to make a home-made version of store brought crackers, using ‘fun’ flavours and cutting shapes with cookie and sandwich cutters I was pretty excited and got testing right away. And they are E.A.S.Y. I think the best bit is that these are made in the food processor, so most of the work is done for you, just roll it, cut it and bake it. Super easy, super fun.
Healthier Pizza Shapes
- 1 cup of plain flour
- 3/4 cup of wholemeal flour
- 1/2 cup of quinoa flakes
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 100g firm (refrigerated) butter
- 1/4 cup packed fresh Parmesan cheese (plus extra for sprinkling)
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp pizza sauce
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- around 1 tbsp of water
- In a food processor, add all of the ingredients except for water and process to combine to a breadcrumb consistency – around a minute or so
- Slowly pulse through the water until the dough comes together in a ball, take care not to make the mixture too wet (you may not need the full tablespoon or you may need a little more, take your time with this step)
- Turn onto a floured board or bench (or directly on to baking paper if that is your preference) and roll out in a rectangle to around 0.5 cm thick. The consistency will be like pastry
- Carefully lay on baking paper (you may just want to directly roll out onto baking paper) and lay flat in the fridge for 30 minutes
- Meanwhile pre-heat your oven to 180c
- When the dough has chilled, use cookie or sandwich cutters to cut the crackers into your designated shapes (I used a range of cutters during testing but by far Mr 5’s favourite was the puzzle pieces using a Match & Munch cutter*by The Lunch Punch), sprinkle the shapes with extra Parmesan and lay them on a lined baking tray
- Bake the shapes in the oven for around 10 minutes until lightly browned. The time indicated is entirely dependent on the shape sizes you make so keep a close eye on your shapes.
So there you go, easy to make and such a great lunch box addition. For the pizza sauce I use this recipe. Hands down greatest pizza sauce recipe in the world. Whenever I make a batch of this sauce for pizzas I always have a lot left-over. I freeze the left-over sauce in ice-cube trays and turn into a freezer bag when frozen which makes it so convenient for this recipe.
As mentioned these Healthier Pizza Shapes are best eaten the day they are made so anything not eaten on day one I normally freeze in zip lock bags to maintain their freshness and keep handy in the freezer for lunch boxes.
If you make these, I would love to know what you think, post your pics to Instagram using #goodiegoodielunchbox and tag me so I can see these little beauties! Also, keep your eye out for my recipe for Healthier BBQ Shapes…coming soon!