Want to make your own water biscuits? Look no further than this simple, four ingredient water crackers recipe – perfect for cheese platters.
Water crackers recipe -easy biscuits for cheese
Although my Dad has a sweet tooth, he also seriously enjoys his cheese.
For dessert after Father’s Day lunch a few years back, I prepared a good old cheese platter.
Growing up, there were always Carr’s Water Crackers (you know the ones you get in a box from Coles & Woolies) on our cheese platters.
To mix it up a little, I thought I’d give homemade water crackers a go for the first time.
I thought they’d be tricky but they were extremely easy to make and despite their not-so-pretty appearance, tasted great and were really moreish.
I found it hard to stop eating them.
With only four basic ingredients, they’re also very economical.
They’re great to make when you need a little snack at the last minute.
What is a water cracker?
A water cracker (or water biscuit) is a savoury cracker.
It’s thin, crisp & brittle & usually served with cheese (or I like to have them with dip).
Why are they called water crackers?
As the story goes, ‘water crackers’ were first made of flour and water in the 1800s as a food that wouldn’t deteriorate in long sea voyages.
The ‘cracker’ comes from the sound they make during baking.
I didn’t exactly witness this sound but they did crackle as they cooled.
What are the ingredients in water crackers?
To make your own crackers, you will need just four ingredients:
- Flour – just regular plain flour (also called all purpose flour). You can also use spelt flour if you want to make them a little more nutritious.
- Salt – the best quality salt you can get. We like to use celtic sea salt.
- Olive oil – Extra Virgin for a little bit of flavour or just plain olive oil if you don’t want the taste to come though.
- Water – filtered room temperature water (preferably not cold water).
What equipment do you need to make water crackers?
You could make easy homemade crackers just with a bowl, your hands and a sharp knife but to make it easier, use:
- Rolling pin – for rolling the dough out
- Pizza cutter – makes slicing it easier if you don’t want to do shapes
- Cookie cutter – if you’re making shapes
How do you make water biscuits?
The first step is to combine flour and salt in a large bowl.
Then make a well in the centre.
Pour the olive oil and water into the well in the centre.
As the recipe only called for 2 tablespoons of olive oil, I use the best quality you have.
It will add a delicious flavour to the crackers.
Use a knife to cut through the mixture until it all comes together.
If you have a food processor or Thermomix, you could use it instead but it really isn’t difficult making them with a knife.
Tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead it until it all comes together into a smooth dough.
Roll the dough out as thinly as possible then cut it into shapes.
My circles didn’t turn out very well so I ended up just cutting the dough which had a much better result (this is where you’d use the pizza cutter).
They look like much more rustic crackers and home made if you mix up the shapes.
You could just slice it up like I did in these Paleo corn chips.
Lay the shapes out on the lined prepared trays.
They don’t spread so you can put them pretty close together.
Prick the crackers with a fork or skewer.
Bake in a 180C fan-forced oven for about 12 minutes or until they turn golden.
Transfer the crackers to a wire rack to cool.
Store them in an air-tight container until it’s time to serve them.
Soft cheese like a good brie is my favourite type of cheese for a cheese plate.
I also can’t go past a sharp cheddar style.
Can you add flavours to the crackers?
You absolutely can add flavours to the crackers. It can be sprinkled on top or mixed into the dough. Some ideas are:
- Cracked black pepper
- Poppy seeds or sesame seeds
- Dried herbs
What to serve water crackers with?
I like to serve water crackers with a delicious brie but you can also serve with dip.
Here are a few of my favourite recipes:
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- 200g (7oz) plain flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 100 ml cold water
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Pre-heat the oven to 180C (356F) fan-forced and line an oven tray with baking paper.
- Combine the flour and salt together in a large bowl and make a well in the centre.
- Pour in the water and the olive oil and using a knife, cut through the flour until everything is combined.
- Turn the dough onto a very lightly floured surface and knead until it is smooth.
- Roll out the dough as thinly as possible then cut into whichever shapes you like.
- Place the shapes on the lined tray and prick them several times with a fork or skewer.
- Bake the biscuits for about 12 minutes or until they turn golden.
Store in an air-tight container.