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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Homemade Crackers and Tomato Soup...

Good Morning, my dears...
Another lovely day here in the Maritimes of Canada... We have a majority government, I see... That is all I am going to say except thank God for our country..We need to pray daily for the leaders of not only our country but this world needs prayer... 
And don't forget to pray for Israel... 
We are near the end and Jesus is going to return for His bride...
I want to waiting , listening, yearning for His return...
I am so thankful for the Good News of Salvation...
Free for whosoever will...
In Him we can put our trust, our hopes, and our plans...
He is faithful.... Thank you, Jesus.....

Now... Today.. I have a neat recipe for you.
Yesterday was election day... a cracker of a day shall we say... smile.. So I made crackers. This recipe
 came out of an old Mennonite recipe book that I have...
Here is the recipe...
Cracker Basic Recipe....
4 cups of whole wheat flour  (you can make any mixture you like of flours)
1 tsp. salt
1 T. sugar
3/4 cup shortening
2/3  cup milk or water   (more or less)
Mix dry ingredients.. cut in the shortening until it is finely blended.
Add the milk or water until it forms a soft ball like pastry.
Divide the dough into 4 parts and roll as thin as parchment.
Slide the dough onto a cookie tin and cut with pastry or pizza cutter.
into squares... Dent with a fork.
Bake in 400 degrees oven for 10 minutes or until crisp and pale...
Now here is the fun part...
Easy, eh?
DIFFERENT FLAVORS..
With each of your four balls you can make a different flavor..
After you have divided the dough into four balls then flatten it into an oval and sprinkle the topping of your choice on it and roll out as thin as you can and the flavoring will distribute throughout. 
Sometimes , I added a bit on the edge....
I made ....
SAVORY CRACKERS ...Sprinkle the dough with a savory salt..
(mine was garlic and lemon)
DILL CRACKERS... Sprinkle with dill seeds and a touch of coarse salt.... (my fav)
HERBES DE PROVENCE... Sprinkle with herbes de provence...
SESAME OR POPPY SEED .... Sprinkle with sesame seeds or poppy seeds.....
Or use such things as celery seeds, minced onion, cayenne  or paprika, chives fresh or dried, garlic powder...
Just open up your cupboard and use your imagination...
from MORE FOOD THAT REALLY SCHMECKS
A Canadian Mennonite writer... Edna  Staebler...
Probably my favorite cookbook of them all..
With these crackers one needs a nice cup of homemade tomato soup... Right?
I just find it hard to eat a CAN of soup when it takes a very few minutes to make such a glorious homemade version...


I am sorry I have no recipe for this..
I just put some lovely garlic oil in a pot and simmered some chopped onion, red pepper flakes, a bay leaf  and a couple cloves of garlic minced till soft...
Then a can of crushed tomatoes that I dislike but Terry had bought a case and I needed to use them .... a wee hand of sugar and a bottle of homemade chicken broth....
Now you can use the broth of your choice... can , box, cube....
I had cooked a turkey and always use the bones to make broth...
Now... do you remember when I posted last year about
Well, I have loved this... I put this into my homemade soups and pasta sauces or whatever I like basil in... The salt tastes just like basil and then you can add pieces of the herbs, too..
I will be sure and try to make more of these this year, Lord willing...
Anyway, this soup tasted so delicious... A lovely flavor of tomato and basil..
Then the wee cracker pieces that did not turn out exactly are lovely to put in your soup.... smile...

Then ... just package them however you will and you have enough for awhile... Why buy when in half an hour you can have homemade with only ingredients you trust... Right?

Well, dear ladies that is all for today..
EXCEPT...
I wanted to give you a bathroom fix up update..
The CATS are gone....lol.... So is all the wallpaper..
I am now at a standstill until I can get Terry's help..
To paint or repaper is the question right now..
So .. I need to be patient as he is working and I have to wait on him.. Will let you know when I can....

Thanks for dropping by and leaving your sweet comments.. It is nice to know who I am conversing with sometimes... smile.
May God bless and keep you all...
Hugs...
Faye...
Remember to visit the Homestead Barn Hop
So much useful info...
thanks...

12 comments:

  1. Faye it all looks soooo good !
    As for the elections, I think they are all full of it and always have been and will be !
    Have a great day eh !

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  2. This post has me craving homemade tomato soup, the crackers look so good too! Hugs!

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  3. Morning Faye,
    You posted one of my most favorite soups!
    And the recipe sounds wonderful and actually quite easy..I shall have to try it.

    Karen

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  4. Thanks so much for sharing the cracker recipe. I have never made my own crackers but am definitely interested in trying it. I have a Mennonite cookbook that I use all the time. I love it. The author is a lady named Esther Shank. It is my all time favorite cookbook. I gave one to my oldest daughter as a gift and it has quickly become her favorite too. Enjoy your day and God bless.

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  5. Dear post..couldnt of said it better..
    And the cracker recipe looks like a great one for me to try with my granny daughter. I have been teaching her to sew :)
    Hugs Granny Trace

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  6. I think I shall try those crackers out! I recently made my own flour tortillas and I was surprised at how nicely they came out! I just love homemade stuff!!

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  7. Hello Faye...It is cold and rainy here today...again. A good bowl of tomato soup would hit the spot! And I have to try the cracker recipe. Faye, your posts ar always full of something very interesting. Thank you.

    Susannah

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  8. How yummy! Thanks for sharing ~ it is always so rewarding to make things ourselves!

    Blessings,
    Sharon

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  9. These both look so good, must try. I'm not really a fan of tomato soup unless the tomatoes are in veg./ beef soup, but yours really looks delicious. It'll change my mind for sure! Thank you! Love your posts. Thanks for encouraging us all!

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  10. YUM! Sounds and looks awesome!
    I am planning to make homemade tomato soup this fall to can. We grow these Lemon Boy tomatoes that will make a wonderful soup.
    ★Linda★

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  11. This recipe looks wonderful, and something I might even be capable of tackling :) Any idea if it would work with gluten free flours, and if so if it matters which ones? I might try it anyway this weekend, but wanted to see if anyone had given it a try.

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    1. |Hi Erin.. It is delicious but I do not know anything about gluten free flours.. Sorry.. Perhaps someone else will see the comment and reply.. Hope you enjoy it if you make it.. xo

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