Are you looking to make your own water crackers? Look no further! In this article, we’ll share a simple, four-ingredient water cracker recipe that is perfect for cheese platters. Whether you’re a cheese enthusiast or simply looking to impress your guests, these homemade water crackers are sure to be a hit!
Easy Biscuits for Cheese
Let’s start with a little background story. My Dad has always had a sweet tooth, but he also loves his cheese. So, a few years back, for dessert after Father’s Day lunch, I decided to prepare a good old cheese platter. Growing up, we always had Carr’s Water Crackers on our cheese platters, the ones you can easily find in supermarkets. However, this time, I thought it would be fun to try making homemade water crackers for the first time.
To my surprise, making these crackers was a breeze. Despite their not-so-pretty appearance, they tasted amazing and were incredibly addictive. I couldn’t stop eating them! Plus, with only four basic ingredients, they are also very economical. They are perfect for those last-minute snack cravings.
What is a Water Cracker?
Before we dive into the recipe, let’s quickly talk about what a water cracker actually is. A water cracker, also known as a water biscuit, is a thin, crisp, and brittle savory cracker. It is commonly served with cheese but can also be enjoyed with dips.
Why are They Called Water Crackers?
According to the story, water crackers were first made in the 1800s using just flour and water. They were created as a food that wouldn’t deteriorate during long sea voyages. The name “cracker” comes from the sound they make while baking. Although I didn’t witness this sound myself, I did hear them crackle as they cooled.
Now, let’s talk about the four simple ingredients you’ll need to make these delicious water crackers: flour, salt, olive oil, and water. Yes, it’s that simple! If you want to make them slightly more nutritious, you can use spelt flour instead of plain flour.
How to Make Water Biscuits
Making water biscuits is a straightforward process. First, combine the flour and salt in a large bowl, creating a well in the center. Then, pour the olive oil and water into the well. I recommend using the best-quality olive oil you have, as it adds a delicious flavor to the crackers.
Use a knife to cut through the mixture until it forms a dough. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until it comes together. Roll the dough out as thinly as possible and cut it into shapes. You can get creative with the shapes, mixing them up for a rustic, homemade look.
Place the shapes on a lined baking tray, pricking them with a fork or skewer. Bake them in a preheated 180°C fan-forced oven for about 12 minutes or until they turn golden. Once baked, transfer the crackers to a wire rack to cool. Store them in an airtight container until you’re ready to serve them.
Water crackers are a perfect accompaniment to cheese, especially brie or a sharp cheddar style. You can also serve them with delicious dips. Here are a few of my favorite dip recipes:
- Beetroot hummus
- Beetroot and walnut dip
- Carrot dip
- Olive hummus
I hope you enjoy making and devouring these homemade water crackers as much as I do. They are simple, delicious, and perfect for any occasion. Get creative with the shapes and flavors, and impress your guests with your homemade treats.