Sunday, October 28, 2012
50 States of MoFo: Vermont Common Crackers
The Vermont Common Cracker is the canonical cracker to accompany any New England chowder, or so I am told. As we have a chowder coming up (probably tomorrow), I thought it was time to try these out. What a lovely, delicately flavored cracker! I warn you that, if you make these, you may never want to look at a bag of oyster crackers again.
I followed this recipe, which is already vegan, as long as you choose vegetable shortening instead of lard. I played fast and loose with the instructions and it still worked well. I didn't let the batter rest for an hour after combining starter and flour. I didn't keep the extra pieces in plastic bags. I generally charged forward as quickly as possible, and everything was absolutely fine. I cut the crackers with an old spice jar dipped in flour, and wound up with well over 200 of them! Once you try a common cracker, you'll be glad you have so many.
The use of a pasta roller, as given in the linked instructions, was extremely helpful. The process would have been slower and more tedious without it. The experience also made me realize that a pasta roller would be a pretty decent biscuit brake for making Southern beaten biscuits, which appear to be a cousin of the common cracker. I fully intend to use my pasta roller for this purpose, soon (read: as soon as this MoFo project is over).
If you are afraid of making crackers, don't be! These were fast (plus the oven drying time) and easy!
Posted by JohnP at 12:00 AM