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Finding Beauty through Baking ~by Susan Baxter-Peace

Crispy Amazingness! April 30, 2012

This post is especially for my mother-in-law, and of course anyone else with a love of Raincoast Crisps. We were visiting my in-laws over Easter, and my mother-in-law had a box of these crisps. They are super crunchy, full of yummy nuts, seeds and dried fruits, with a touch of sweetness making them the perfect base for enjoying cheese, hummus, and any other savoury topping. But they are really expensive. Don’t get me wrong, they are all natural and totally worth it, but for those of us who can eat a whole box in one sitting, it can be a pricey habit. I looked at the ingredients on the box, and since they are all natural I recognized, and had on hand, pretty much all the ingredients. And being a baker, I also recognized by the look and consistency of the crackers, that they must be double baked like biscotti. And being resourceful, I headed to the internet to search for a recipe. I found a recipe on a blog and set about making some of these crisps for myself. You can find the original recipe here: Dinner with Julie.

I modified the recipe a bit, and you can too, substituting or adding any combination of nuts, seeds, dried fruits or herbs. It’s a cracker lover’s dream come true!

  • 1 c flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 c buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 c raisins
  • 1/4 c chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp fresh mint, chopped

Preheat oven to 350F.

Stir together flour, baking soda and salt. Add buttermilk, brown sugar and maple syrup and stir a few strokes. Add raisins, pecans and mint, stir just until blended. Pour batter into one 8″x4″ greased loaf pan. Bake about 35 minutes, until golden and springy to the touch. Remove from pans and cool on wire rack.

It is easier to slice the bread thinly when it is very cool. I put the loaf into the freezer for about half an hour before slicing. Slice the loaf as thin as you can and place slices in a single layer on an ungreased cookie sheet. Reduce oven heat to 300F and bake about 15 minutes, then flip them over and bake another 10-15 minutes, until crisp and golden. Enjoy to your heart’s desire!

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4 Responses to “Crispy Amazingness!”

  1. SarahJ Says:

    These sound great! I’ve never seen anything like it before, but I think I will have to try to make them!

  2. ye-mek Says:

    It must be very very delicious. Espicially, we will prefer this nice recipe at breakfast with tea πŸ™‚ Thanks… We like it…

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