Monday, February 13, 2012

Joy the Baker - Cooking Spotlight

Once again Girlichef and Hyperion Publishing have combined forces for another Cookbook Spotlight Cook-off. not-yet-in-print Joy the Baker cookbook arrived! A celebration of butter and sugar. I love Joy. Almost as much as I love butter.

Assignment #1 Flax Seed and Cracked Pepper Crackers

The recipe will be at the end so you can look at all the photos of this adventure first. Cool? Cool.

OK, no one said they had to be traditionally shaped.

I don't make many cookies. So, as I rolled out the cracker dough, it was discovered there wasn't a round cookie cutter in the house. I sufficed with a rounded cap....and the only cookie cutter I own. A goat cookie cutter. (Off to Amazon to add cookie cutters to my wish list)

Pop them in the oven for 15 minutes...........

I served them with vegetable cream cheese and a plain cream cheese. That's adventure #1 completed and I have been using these fat crackers as a cream cheese delivery system. (Ok, off to walk off the cream cheese)

I didn't roll them out as thin as I ought to and so...they are a bit thick and fat in the consistency department. They taste like Triscuits. Have you ever had triscuits? Well....that's what they reminded me of and so....if that wasn't the desired result, what can I say?

They are good but next time I will make them thinner.

*This post is part of the Joy the Baker Cookbook Spotlight and Cook-Off sponsored by Hyperion and hosted at girlichef.

And here is the recipe from the cookbook.


1//4 c. golden flax seed
1/4 c. ground flax seed meal
1 c. whole wheat flour
1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 Tbs. unsalted butter, cold, cut into cubes
1/2 c. buttermilk

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

Note: I couldn't find flax seed meal but our local co-op New Leaf Market (which also carries Dave Matthews new wine Dreaming Tree. Yes, you heard me :-) sells golden flax seeds. Following Girlichef's suggestion, I bought the flax seed and tossed them in my mini food processor. Worked a charm.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flaxseed, flaxseed meal, flours, baking soda, and salt. Add the butter, and using your fingers, quickly work the butter into the dry ingredients. Some of the butter will resemble oatmeal flakes; others will be the size of small pebbles. Make a well in the center of the mixture.

Add the buttermilk, and use a fork to bring all of the ingredients together. Make sure that every bit of flour is moistened by the buttermilk. The dough will be shaggy.

Note: All the buttermilk at my sorry local market had an expiration date for the same day. That very day. So I made my own buttermilk using Joy's instructions from the front of the book. I used vinegar and whole milk to accomplish this.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface, with a lightly floured rolling pin, roll out half of the dough. Roll just thinner than ⅛ inch thick. Use a 1½-inch round cookie cutter to cut out crackers, or use a pizza cutter to trim the edges and cut the dough into 1½-inch squares. (Clearly I did not do this correctly)

Prick each cracker with the tines of a fork and place on a baking sheet.
Bake crackers for 15 to 18 minutes, until slightly browned around the edges. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before placing in an airtight container to store.
Will last, in an airtight container at room temperature, for up to 4 days.

Please go check out the other participants in this amazing cook-off! Tune in next week to read about assignment number 2 from Joy the Baker.

I am sending this to the BYOB because look - I made crackers from scratch. AH-mazing.

BYOB Badge

Cheers and Bon Appetit!



  1. Ha! I love the goat, too cute. I'm glad grinding the flaxseeds worked for you. I'll be making my crackers today. Thanks for participating and for sharing these w/ BYOB, too =)

  2. Heather - I JUST sent you an email about this! But I had not opened the blog yet so I didn't see your comment. Thank you!

  3. I love the goat shaped cookies best!I need to add this cutter to my Amazon wishlist! Great post! Thank you!

  4. I love that you got so creative with the cracker shapes!

  5. You are always surprising me with something out of the ordinary and these; I need to get am some new cookie cutters.

  6. The goat is all the money! I love it! I have no idea how they taste since we don't have the other crackers here in Greece but they look perfect Tina!

  7. Great cracker shapes, especially the goat. So fun! Anything that can deliver cream cheese to my mouth is A-OK with me.

  8. Surely, you enjoyed wine with these crackers? Enjoy your new cookbook. I know you are going to have loads of fun with it-


  9. Thank you all so much! I thought I'd serve goat cheese with those crackers but that didn't happen.

    This will be a fun book to cook and bake with.......just trying to decide on the recipe choice for week 3 as it's "Baker's Choice" - woo-hoo

  10. This post was so funny! I love your goat crackers, I think they're adorable. I stuck to the brownies this week because I was afraid I wouldn't be able to roll these crackers out thin enough either. But maybe I'll give them a try, I like triscuits!

  11. Love the twist with the goat :) I'll be making mine soon and can't wait.
    Take care..

  12. I made the brownies and they were amazing....these sound wonderful!Glad to be part of this event with you :)

  13. who needs a round cookie cutter when you have one shaped as a goat! I love this! i made the crackers too...mine were thinner, but not nearly as cute :)

  14. So delighted to be sharing another Hyperion/girlichef cookbook experience with you!

    Love your crackers, especially the goat. It's so fun seeing how differently (yet wonderfully) everyone's recipes turned out!

    Looking forward to seeing what you choose for week 3!

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

  15. I love triscuits! I made the brownies but after seeing all the cracker posts...I really need to make those as well! I love your goat cracker LOL

  16. The goats are the cutest! I didn't make the crackers because I knew I would eat them all but they look wonderful! ;-)

  17. rounc crackers are boring, I love the goat!! so cute!! they cam eout great!


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