Parmesan Black Pepper Crackers

Impress guests with this simple recipe—they'll never know how easy it is to make crackers from scratch. They're great with cheese or a spread like hummus or tapenade.

Erica Policow

Parmesan Black Pepper Crackers

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    2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup warm water
    1/2 cup whole-wheat flour 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
    1/2 cup stone-ground cornmeal 8 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
    1 teaspoon sea salt freshly ground black pepper


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    • 1

      In the bowl of an electric mixer with a dough hook attached, sift together the flours, cornmeal and salt. With the machine running on a slow speed, slowly pour in the water and then the olive oil. Mix the dough 3 to 5 minutes. Divide the dough into 8 even pieces. Roll into balls and let rest on a baking sheet, covered with a clean kitchen towel, for 30 minutes.

    • 2

      Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. On a cornmeal-dusted surface, roll out two of the dough balls to 1/8-inch thick. With the tines of a fork, poke the dough all over, then sprinkle each cracker with 1 tablespoon of the Parmesan cheese. Season well with freshly ground black pepper. Transfer crackers to a baking sheet.

    • 3

      Bake crackers 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool completely on a rack. Repeat with remaining dough balls, baking off 2 at a time. Break into pieces, or serve whole.

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