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       Title: High-Tech Crackers
  Categories: Appetizers, Breads
       Yield: 1 Recipe
  
       3 c  Hard whole wheat flour; or
            -more as necessary
       1 ts Salt
   1 1/2 c  Warm water
            OPTIONAL TOPPINGS
            Grated Parmesan
            Cayenne
            Coarse salt
            Sesame seeds
            Cumin seed
  
   Place the flour and salt in a food processor and process for 10 seconds to
   mix thoroughly. With the motor running, add the water in a steady stream,
   then process for 10 seconds longer. The dough should have formed into one
   large ball; if not, feel the dough: If it feels very sticky, add 3 to 4 tb
   more flour and process briefly until a ball forms. If the dough feels dry
   and floury, start the processor again, add 2 to 3 tb more water, and
   process until a ball of dough forms. Once you have a ball of dough, process
   for 1 minute more, no longer. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured
   surface and knead for 30 seconds or so. Cover with plastic wrap and let
   rest for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 500~ and place two racks near the
   center of the oven. Divide the dough into 8 pieces. Work with one piece at
   a time, leaving the other pieces covered. On a lightly floured surface,
   with lightly floured hands, flatten a piece of dough with your palms. Then
   roll it out to a very thin rectangle or round, as even a thinness as
   possible to ensure even cooking. Gently lift the dough from your rollling
   surface and place it on a large baking sheet or pizza pan. Sprinkle on one
   of the optional toppings or leave plain. Using a knife or a pizza cutter,
   cut through the dough to make rectangular crackers. (Don't worry if they
   are not all exactly the same size. Variations in size and flavor will make
   your crackers interesting.) Spray the dough lightly with water and place on
   the upper oven rack. Begin rolling out the next piece of dough, keeping an
   eye on the crackers already baking. (Crackers brown from underneath.) Check
   on them 2 1/2 to 3 minutes after they go in. As soon as the thinnest
   patches of the dough have started to brown, take them out. If necessary,
   continue baking, checking every 30 seconds, but it is better to take the
   crackers out a little early than too late. You will soon get a feel for
   timing and degree of doneness. Variables that affect timing are the heat of
   your oven and how thin you managed to roll out your dough. When they come
   out of the oven, some of the crackers will be crisp, while others will need
   a little time in the air to crisp up. Transfer to a large bowl, breaking up
   any incompletely separated crackers. Roll out the remaining dough, season,
   and bake. When completely cool, crackers can be stored in a well-sealed
   plastic bag or cookie tins for up to a month. Yield: Approximately 13 dozen
   very thin crackers of varying size, averaging 1 1/2x2 1/2". Source: Bakers'
   Dozen, Alford and Duguid, TVFN. MM Waldine Van Geffen vghc42a@prodigy.com.
  
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