Sunday, March 1, 2009

Taralli

In our quest to eat better food and spend less money we have recently taken on the issue of snacks. We are snackers. We function best on 7 or 8 small meals a day rather than 3 big ones. Crackers, chips, pretzels, cookies, and muffins play a major role in our eating habits. Morning tea with scones, or muffins. Afternoon tea with crackers and cheese. Elevenses. Mid-afternoon snacks. Etc. The crackers, chips, pretzels, cookies, and muffins tend to be loaded with fat, processed grains and sugars, and all kinds of unidentifiable extras. They also tend to be rather expensive. They have been running a bit more than one sixth of our monthly grocery budget. So, we have been looking for alternatives we can make at home. We are pretty good at muffins and cookies, but the crackers and other crunchy, salty, savory bits have been a bit more problematic. We've tried various cracker recipes and they all fall a bit short, sometimes quite a bit. We did find one that we love. Not a cracker, more of a pretzel. But we love them. I got the recipe from Wild Yeast. We changed it slightly, substituting sesame seeds for the fennel seeds (I'm the only one in the house who likes fennel) and sprinkling them with course salt before baking.


They are great.
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