Biscuit Crackers Recipe Adapted by Chadwick Boyd from Chef Carla Hall’s “Carla Hall’s Soul Food”

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Preparation Time: Active Time: 50 minutes Total Cooking Time: 3 hours + Overnight

(Makes about 60 crackers from 15 biscuits (5 crackers per biscuit)

This recipe is adapted from my dear friend Carla Hall’s biscuit cracker recipe in her cookbook, “Carla Hall’s Soul Food.” Carla and I bake biscuits together regularly. One of the tricks she has taught me is to turn leftover biscuits into crackers for serving the next day. It’s a great party idea! These biscuit crackers pair perfectly with my yellow cherry tomato pan sauce, turning it into an unexpected, delicious bruschetta. Whole wheat flour makes the crackers sturdier, letting the pan sauce set up nicely for party bites.

Ingredients:

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, frozen, plus 2 tablespoons room temperature unsalted butter for the sheet pan
  • 1¾ cup All-Purpose flour, plus more for shaping the dough
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 10-ounces full fat sour cream mixed with ¼ cup water
  • Cooking spray
  • Additional 2 tablespoons room temperature unsalted butter for the sheet pan baking the next day
  • Flake salt to finish

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  2. Butter a half-sheet pan.
  3. Mix the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda in a large bowl with an open hand, using your fingers as a whisk. Add the shortening and use your fingertips to pinch it completely into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Using a box grater, grate the frozen butter on the large holes into the flour. Toss until all the pieces are coated. Add the sour cream mix to the flour mixture. Using your hand as a spatula, gently mix until there are no dry bits of flour left. The dough will be sticky.
  5. Lightly coat your work surface with nonstick cooking spray, then flour. (The spray keeps the flour in place.)
  6. Turn the dough onto the prepared surface and work the dough a bit (contrary to biscuit-making techniques where you don’t work the dough too much.)