They look innocent enough.
Rather cute, actually. And the taste is good. But alas, my attempts to convert a gluten-ous cracker recipe into a gluten-free version failed miserably because these Cilantro Crackers are impenetrable by the human tooth. I might as well have mixed in stone dust with my flours because they baked into extremely hard cracker-resembling bits suitable perhaps for shingling a roof or outfitting a space missile.
I picked crackers and breadsticks as our baking challenge because I had made both successfully in the past (my Sesame-Rosemary cracker recipe is particularly tasty), and because both items make great additions to the picnic basket and the al fresco dinner table this time of year. Without a ratio to start with, I decided to try to convert a good-looking wheat flour-based cracker recipe into one that was gluten-free. My blogger buddy Heather at Girlichef recently posted a recipe for Green Chile Crackers full of cilantro and heat and I tried to adapt that recipe.
I tried a substituting the wheat flour with a blend of tapioca starch, white rice flour and buckwheat flour, with some soaked flax seeds for added fiber and texture, and though the dough rolled out beautifully,
baking them at 400 degrees F may have been too high because these babies hardened up way too much. Or perhaps my choice of mortar mix, aka flours, may have been wrong (almond flour and chick pea flour worked well for me in the past) or the ingredient ratios too cement-like (4:1:1, flour, fat, liquid).
Luckily, we do have one member of the family who was rather fond of these way-too-hard crackers, my trusty kitchen hound, Martha! Cilantro dog crackers!
|Martha in mid-chew, enjoying a Toothpopper, alias Cilantro Cracker|
Gluten Free Graham Crackers - by T.R. at No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
Zippy Garlic Crackers - by Heather at Discovering the Ordinary
Seafaring Crackers - by Claire at My Gluten Free Home
Savory Spice Crackers - by Jonathan at The Canary Files
Crisp Bread Sticks and Bread Stick Sparklers - by Angela of Angela's Kitchen
Gluten Free Cracked Pepper Crackers - by Mary Fran at Frannycakes
Gluten Free Breadsticks - by Shauna of Gluten Free Girl