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I happened to be off work this afternoon, and The Girl is on a playdate, so I decided to have a baking project with The Boy. He is in love with all things letters and numbers, and a dear friend sent us a set of the Fred Letter Pressed cutters a while ago, so I figured we should use them! (Oh, how I yearn for the number set!)
I wanted to make some crackers, but I didn't want to make cheese crackers. I wanted something more versatile crackers, more like Ritz. So - I popped onto the King Arthur Flour website, and clicked on their fabulous online chat with a Baker's Hotline representative. I shared with her the cutters I wanted to use, and the type of crackers I wanted to use, and she advised me to try their recipe for Rich Crackers. Since I didn't have any cream or half and half on hand, I asked her what she thought of substituting some of my homemade yogurt (thinned with whey drained from it), and she thought that would work out well. I love the Baker's Hotline! Did you know that you can ask them about any recipe, not just King Arthur Flour recipes? So handy!
I did find that the crackers lost their definition some when they were baked, eve though I popped the pans into the freezer for a few minutes before baking. These cutters would be improved by decoration - either with food coloring or icing (if making cookies). I'll keep that in mind next time we use them. As it is, we pressed them again as soon as they came out of the oven, and that helped a little.
The Boy had a good time helping me, and we even made some bus crackers with dough that was leftover after one round of the alphabet!
(To get to the recipe, click on the link)
We all love playing with our food!