Here’s a wonderful recipe for those little crisps that you can find in better grocery stores everywhere. They are a cross between a cracker and a thin bread and they are good with just about anything you can think of – cheeses, spreads, dips, and even just good old-fashioned butter. No self-respecting New Year’s party should be without them!
This recipe comes from a great cookbook – The Messy Baker by Charmian Christie – a good choice if you’re looking for ways to spend those Chapter’s gift cards!
Rosemary, Apricot and Almond Crisps
Makes 6 to 8 dozen
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
½ tsp fine sea salt
1 cup chopped dried apricots
½ cup roughly chopped blanched almonds
½ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup sesame seeds
¼ cup ground flax seeds
1 ½ Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
2 cups buttermilk
¼ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup honey
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease two loaf pans with butter and dust with flour. Set aside.
Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add the apricots, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds and rosemary and toss to coat evenly with the flour mixture.
Whisk the buttermilk, brown sugar and honey and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add to the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Pour the batter into the loaf pans. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until golden and springy to the touch. Remove the loaves from the pans and cool on a rack. The bread is easier to slice when cool, so bake the day before or bring to room temperature and chill in the fridge for a couple of hours before slicing.
Preheat the oven to 300 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Using a serrated knife, slice the loaves as thinly as you can. Aim for no thicker than 1/8th-inch, if possible. Place the slices in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn the slices over and bake for another 10 minutes or until they are a deep golden brown.
*Depending on how many crisps you need, wrap the unsliced loaves and freeze until needed. These are best freshly baked the same day you want to serve them.