Game Day Provisions 101: Chalk Talk Crackers

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Chalk Talk Crackers 

A simple soda cracker recipe may not seem like much but when it’s paired with a variety of dips, appetizers & beautiful party foods when game day entertaining is in order, it can certainly become the main attraction if the dough is cut into the right shapes. This particular formula is soft so use a generous amount of flour when working with it to keep it from sticking to surfaces. You’ll also want to roll it as thinly as possible to ensure a crisp cracker while the indentations over the top will keep them from puffing too much as they bake. Learn how to make a charming cracker ideal to serve at your tailgating socials all season long. 

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makes about 80 crackers

The Basic Fundamentals

This elementary soda cracker does take a bit of time to achieve a precise look but I think you’ll find them to be well worth your effort when tossed into the starting line up of football morsels. Portion in zip top bags & freeze them, if desired. Use a few here & there from week to week by accompanying with other snack varieties. 

1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
3 Tbsp cold butter
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 tsp honey

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Whisk together the flour, the baking powder & the salt in a medium mixing bowl. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or your fingers until the mixture resembles peas. Add the buttermilk & the honey. Fold into the mixture with a rubber spatula just until the dough comes together. Do not over mix. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Form the dough into a disc. Working with a small amount, roll to an 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut the dough with 1 1/2-inch “X” & “O” shaped cutters. Place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets & pierce the surface with the blunt end of a wooden pick. Gently reform the dough scraps & repeat. Cover the dough not in use with plastic wrap to prevent a crust from forming over the surface. Bake on the middle rack 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottom. The tops will be pale. Remove from the oven. Cool completely. Store in an air tight container up to 7 days.

The Extra Point

The crackers may be portioned into a variety of shapes from simple circles to strips with fluted edges when cut with a pastry wheel.

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How To Crisp Stale Crackers 

Humidity can take hold of many crunchy snack favorites. They may be placed into the oven in order to revive & crisp them again.  

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The Technique 

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Spread the crackers in a single layer over a half sheet pan. Bake 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven. Allow the crackers to cool completely.

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