I think (?!) I want to start making my own bread because I want to buy less/no processed food. Anyone have a good bread recipe. I do not have a bread maker!
How about crackers?
If you are new to breadmaking, I recommend reading a little to help you out at first. The Laurel's Kitchen Bread Book has wonderful step-by-step instructions, lots of helpful tips and a good basic wholegrain recipe. I think the Tassajara Bread Book has a better recipe, but the explanations aren't quite as helpful to the inexperienced baker. They have both been around for a long time, so chances are that if you have a library nearby, it will have one or both.
I haven't made crackers from scratch but I find pita crisps are quick and easy. I made some the other night with some slightly stale pita that we had hanging around. Very nice with my homemade hummus.
Use the thinner, pocket pitas. Split in half (to separate the pocket layers). Divide into smaller wedges. I just tear the pita randomly, but you can cut them into neat triangles if you prefer. Brush with olive oil, sprinkle with a little sea salt (if you use it). I also sprinkle with za'atar (a blend of thyme, sesame seeds and other spices). Bake at 375F for about 6 minutes, until crisp.
There are a few cracker recipes at 101cookbooks.com, a cooking blog. I like a lot of the recipes on that site, so I think the cracker recipes would be worth trying.
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