Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Cheese Crackers with Sundried Tomatoes

Wine and cheese make the perfect pair! The combination has been tried and tasted since centuries and is a hot favourite for all those who love their wine. To take that tradition forward, today I present a simple yet super delicious crumbly melt-in-the-mouth cottony soft Cheese Crackers with Sundried Tomatoes and I caution you, these are deadly addictive!! 
1 cup all purpose flour (I had cake flour at hand and so used that)
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup butter cold and cubed
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp fresh or dried rosemary leaves
Dash of red chilli flakes
1-2 sundried tomatoes, roughly chopped (I used canned)

Take the flour, butter, cheese, red chilli flakes, salt and dried/fresh rosemary leaves and form a soft dough. I used my stand mixer with the dough hook or you can also use your food processor. This is how it will look once the dough comes together.
Now take the dough out in a bowl, if using the food processor, or simply remove the stand mixer and with your hands, bring the dough together. Now add the chopped sun dried tomatoes and mix into the dough. Spread a clingwrap on a clean surface and put the dough on top and roll it into a log or cylindrical shape just like a hot dog. Wrap it tightly with the clingwrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. 
Pre-heat the oven at 200 degree celcius and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Take the chilled dough out of the fridge and unwrap. Now cut thin slices with a sharp knife and gently round the edges with the help of your fingers. It is okay if the edges or the cut isn't really smooth. That is the beauty of homemade stuff, afterall! Place the cut and rounded thin discs on the prepared baking tray and press down a few leaves of fresh/dried rosemary leaves. 
Bake in the pre heated oven for 12-15 minutes till the tops becomes golden and it springs back slightly when gently pressed with the finger. Remove from oven and let it cool on a wire rack completely before transferring to air tight containers. Remember to serve these with really chilled good Wine or Beer and enjoy with some great company! 


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