Pumpkin Cheese Ball and Crackers

 I have a friend that has little kids and I just love making them treats.  I made this cheese ball for them recently when I went to visit.  Here is the recipe and the step by step instructions:  http://octoberfarm.blogspot.com/2011/09/pumpkin-cheese-ball-recipe.html

 I also made crackers.  These are very simple to make, taste wonderful and have no additives at all.  And they are so much cheaper than  store bought.  In the bowl of your mixer combine 4 C. flour, 1-1/3 cup water, 2/3 C. olive oil, 1 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. baking powder.  Mix until you have a smooth ball. No need to knead. Divide the dough into 4 pieces.  Roll each piece out very thin on a piece of parchment paper.  Sprinkle with any herbs you like.  I used diced rosemary and sea salt.  Roll over the herbs with your rolling pin to push them into the dough.

 Slice into squares with a knife or pizza cutter.  Don't worry about them being perfect...they are homemade and they should look that way.  Slide them onto a baking sheet. Bake them for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees.  Some should just be turning golden on the edges.

 Remove them from the oven and let them cool on a rack.  I wanted mine to be really crisp so I sat them back in the oven on the cooling racks after the oven was turned off. I left them in for about half and hour.

This recipe made 4 sleeves of crackers and a bag of extras for us.  The kids squealed when they saw the pumpkin and they loved the crackers too.


Nellie said…
Thanks for this great idea!
chickpea678 said…
Lucky friend and kids! Where do you get cracker sleeves from?!
Guillaume said…
That looks good. In a very bad way. I am salivating, all the same.
Susie said…
You are one amazing cook... I never in my whole life knew anyone to make crackers. I am in awe. They look very tasty too. Blessings, xoxo,Susie
Now that is a recipe I will do asap - you have no idea how hard it is to find decent crackers in France! Thank you - or Merci!!!
Suz said…
yee gads woman are you for real?
No one makes crackers
You are amazing and I am glad to have met you and your blog
Crackers and pumpkin cheese ball look delicious. Love that stem. You are so creative.
Alicia Foodycat said…
That cheese ball is so cute! What a great idea!
Joyce, you are a genius! How cute that is for Thanksgiving...so cute in the middle of a pretty platter with crackers all around. Wonderful!! Pancakes with syrup from one of my little log cabins. Can't wait...lets see..what time is it. Just a couple more hours. Wish I hadn't stuffed down that half pound of left over shrimp at 2AM!!
I'm an idiot sometimes..but I promised him waffles or pancakes..and besides.. :) It's what I want.
p.s. I could DRINK that syrup!! Delicious!
Mary Ann said…
Keith can no longer eat most commercial foods, I am having to cook and bake from scratch... so I appreciate this SO MUCH!!! I can fix some crackers for him to eat with dialysis chili (yes, there is such a thing) and he can enjoy it like he used to (minus salt!)