Linseed and rosemary crackers
Linseeds, also called flaxseed, are a rich source of omega-3 oils, as well as providing protein, fibre and iron. These crisp, salt-scattered crackers are an irresistible way to eat them. They look wonderful too, with their slightly curled-up form, and random, rough-edged shape. Serve them with dips or soups, or just leave a dish in the kitchen for opportunistic munching.
Preheat the oven to 170°C/Gas 3.
Place the whole linseeds in a heatproof bowl and add 100ml boiling water. Set aside for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the ground linseed, flours, cumin, rosemary and fine salt in a bowl.
After their 10 minutes' soaking, add the linseeds and their water to the dry ingredients and combine into a dough. It should be quite stiff but still hold together. If it seems very dry and crumbly, add a few more drops of water.
Divide the dough in two. Brush a sheet of baking parchment well with oil, or start with a non-stick silicone sheet. Put one portion of dough on the oiled parchment, or silicone sheet.
Oil a second sheet of parchment and place, oil side down, on top of the dough. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough under the parchment. Roll it until it is very thin – only about the thickness of the linseeds themselves – in one, rough-edged sheet.
Carefully peel off the top sheet of parchment and transfer the base sheet, with the dough on it, to a baking tray. Sprinkle with half the flaky salt and bake for about 20 minutes, or until completely dry and slightly curled up.
Leave to cool, then very carefully peel away from the parchment. The crackers have a tendency to stick slightly, even to well-oiled parchment (though not to a silicone sheet).
Repeat with the second piece of dough. When the crackers are cool and crisp, break them into pieces to serve. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Plain crackers or other flavours - leave out the cumin and rosemary for a plain cracker, or replace with other spices such as paprika, or other dry, woody herbs such as thyme.
- 50g brown linseeds (flaxseed)
- 30g ground linseed (ground flaxseed)
- 20g rice flour (brown or white)
- 20g buckwheat flour
- 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons chopped rosemary
- ½ teaspoon fine salt
- Rapeseed or sunflower oil, for oiling
- ½ teaspoon flaky sea salt
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