Wheat Thins

Last weekend while I was grocery shopping I got a call from Chris.

“Can you get some Wheat Thins?”

He was smoking some meat at our neighbor’s house and he wanted a snack to hold him over until dinner was ready. I brought home some generic “Thin Wheat Crisps”. Fail.

While he was thankful, I got the impression that they didn’t quite hit the spot. Wheat Thins? Thin Wheat Crisps? What’s the difference?

From Chris’ perspective, the Thin Wheat Crisps just don’t have the same wheaty, crunchy goodness. Not being much of a cracker eater, the only difference I can discern is about $1.50.

I quickly got to work trying to create a homemade version his favorite crackers.

This week I have been on a mission to make homemade versions of two of Chris’ carby staples, Wheat Thins and whole wheat bagels. The homemade Wheat Thins were a win. Far better than Thin Wheat Crisps. I’m still trying to replicate his favorite whole wheat bagels.

I have finally duplicated the texture of his bagels. Now I just need to improve my bagel sealing technique, but that will have to wait. We have a backlog of twenty or so bagels from my practice runs. With his two bagel a day habit it will be a little while before I have an excuse to make more.

From Oh She Glows.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups (5 oz) 100% whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus extra for sprinkling on
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 4 tablespoons butter (I used yogurt butter.)
  • 3 oz water
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 400 F. 
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  • With a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour mixture until crumbly.
  • Mix the water and vanilla and then pour them into the flour mixture.
  • Use the pastry cutter to combine the  water/vanilla and the flour mixture, adding a bit more water as necessary if it appears to be too dry.
  • Split the dough in half.
  • On a floured surface roll out one half of the dough to about 1/16 inch thickness, then cut into pieces using a pizza cutter.
  • Use a spatula to transfer the crackers to the parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle with more salt and sesame seeds if desired.
  • Repeat as necessary with the second half of the dough.
  • Bake for ~10 minutes, watching closely.
  • Cool completely on a cooling rack then store in an air-tight container.
  • I ended up with about 70 crackers.

Servings ~  10
Calories ~ 110, Fat ~ 3.3 g, Carbohydrates ~ 18 g, Protein ~ 3

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6 comments
  1. brannyboilsover said:

    I would love to be able to eat the quantity of food that chris eats.

    • Brit said:

      Seriously, tell me about it. It just isn’t fair. He has been running again too, so it gets pretty ridiculous, especially on his long run days. His HRM said that he burned nearly 2800 calories during his last long run. Insane. That is far more than I burn even running a marathon!

  2. Lisa said:

    I am always wondering about recipes for homemade crackers that may actually be good for me. Thanks for sharing this! It’s definitely on my “to make” list.

    • Brit said:

      Not only are they good for you, but they are super easy to make. I had a batch mixed, rolled, sliced, baked, and out of the oven in under 20 minutes. I can’t even drive to the store to get them that quickly!

  3. KrisB said:

    I have to make these. Wheat thins are my favorite crackers ever.

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