This is my first month participating in The Secret Recipe Club. I was assigned Katie’s blog, Betchacanteatjustone, to browse through and choose any recipe that appealed to me to make or bake and blog about. Other Group B SRC participants will post their recipe on the same designated reveal date. Now how fun is that?!
The choice was difficult with so many tempting recipes competing for attention. Savory or sweet? Over-the-top decadent or practical? Quick and easy preparation or complicated? It took the enticing photo of a loaded cheese board displayed in a recent Dean and Deluca e-mail ad to make the decision for me: Katie’s Fruit and Nut Crisps were it for October.
The cooking technique was similar to biscotti; bake a loaf, thinly slice and rebake to crisp up individual slices. Use the ingredient list as a set of possibilities and substitute other dried fruits, nuts and seeds according to personal preference and pantry supplies.
These crisps were delicious unadorned, but were truly sublime when topped with a creamy ginger apricot Stilton cheese and drizzled with honey… or a paper-thin slice of pear, a bit of chutney and crumble of brie… or manchego and fig jam… or... you get the idea.
Thanks for the recipe, Katie. We love your sweet and savory crackers and I get to feel smug about not spending $7 to $10 dollars for one small package of prepared crisps at the store.
Fruit and Nut Crisps
Makes approx 8 dozen: my notes in color
2 cups AP flour (or other flour mixes of your choice)
3 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups buttermilk (2 cups 2% milk & 2 TBS vinegar)
1/2 cup raw cane sugar (1/4 cup brown sugar & 1/4 cup honey)
1/2 cup dried figs, chopped
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (I forgot to add any nuts!)
1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 tbsp sesame seeds (white, toasted)
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
Prepare two 8″X4″ loaf pans by spraying with non stick spray or lining with parchment paper. (I did both for ease of removal, see photo above)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Add the buttermilk (mix in the honey here if you’re using it). Stir together by hand. Add the fruits, nuts, seeds and rosemary: stir until combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 35-40 minutes until the loaves are golden brown and spring back when you gently touch the center. Remove the pans from the oven and cool for 10 minutes before unmolding onto wire racks to cool completely.
Once cool, wrap up the loaves and freeze them until they’re hard. This will make them MUCH easier to slice. (YES, you really do slice them while frozen.)
Heat the oven to 300 degrees and spray or line cookie sheets.
Slice the loaves as thin as you can (you should be able to get about 7-8 dozen crisps!) and place each piece on the cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes and then flip crisps over and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the crackers have dried out and turned a medium-dark brown and crispy (but not burnt). (Bake the slices on a baking rack and you can skip the flipping; they will crisp up on both sides.)
Katie notes: I found it helpful to leave the pans in the oven with the door cracked open slightly to cool off once they were finished baking with the oven turned off just to ensure they had dried out 100%
Store in an airtight container.
Now, check out more October posts from other Secret Recipe Club members. (Use the link below)