Once you try these from-scratch crackers, you’ll never spend 10 dollars on a bag of the fancy stuff again. These whole grain noshers are loaded with nuts, figs and aromatic Herb de Provence with just a touch of honey. They are seriously sophisticated crackers that deserve your finest cheeses, jams and spreads. Bon appetit!
1 ¼ cups all-purpose whole wheat flour
1 ½ cups coarsely chopped mixed unsalted nuts
1 cup coarsely chopped dried figs
1 teaspoon dried Herb de Provence (may substitute dried rosemary), rubbed
½ teaspoon sea salt
1/3 cup honey, warmed gently until thin and very mixable
Olive oil, as needed
Preheat oven to 325°F. Lightly grease a bread loaf pan and line with parchment paper.
Combine flour, nuts, figs, herbs and salt in a large bowl; mix well. Combine eggs and honey in a small bowl; whisk until smooth. Pour into flour mixture; mix well. Batter will be very thick; mix with hands to knead a few times, until mixture holds.
Press batter firmly into prepared loaf pan; use hands to press into all corners. Smooth out edges and top of batter.
Bake until just firm to the touch, about 30 to 35 minutes. Remove and cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Increase oven temperature to 425°F.
Remove loaf gently from pan onto a cutting board. Using a long serrated knife, cut loaf into thin slices about 1/8-inch thick (if too crumbly, slice ¼-inch thick). Cut each slice into 3 pieces to make small squares.
Arrange cut squares evenly on an ungreased baking sheet. Brush gently with olive oil.
Bake 5 minutes. Turn squares over, brush with olive oil, and bake an additional 5 minutes. Crackers should be golden but not dark in color.
Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack. Store in a closed container until gone or no longer yummy.
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