As you know, The Ketogenic Kitchen, a best-seller in Ireland, has just been published by Chelsea Green Publishing in the US and is getting rave reviews as there is such huge and growng interest in both low-carb, high-fat diets and the ketogenic diet. You can read about it here on the Chelsea Green website: https://www.chelseagreen.com/food-drink/the-ketogenic-kitchen

To coincide with that, below is one of our favourite recipes in the book, Domini Kemp's Cracking Crackers. There's also a brilliant video here in which Domini shows how to make them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ONamf6ZQ7w

Photo: Jo Murphy (www.joanne-murphy.com)

Photo: Jo Murphy (www.joanne-murphy.com)

Cracking Crackers

  • 75g sunflower seeds
  • 60g chia seeds
  • 45g psyllium seed husks (most health stores have these)
  • 45g flaxseeds
  • 30g pumpkin seeds
  • 20g sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds (10g)
  • 1½ tsp sea salt or Himalayan pink salt (8g)
  • 1 tsp dried thyme (1g)
  • 3 good tbsp coconut oil (81g)
  • 200ml boiling water (200g)

Makes about 12 crackers:

These crackers were adapted ever so slightly from the original recipe from Sarah Britton’s book, My New Roots. The trick was to remove the oats. Oats in general are a great food, but they are mega high in carbohydrates. After many attempts, here they are: low-carb, grain-free and absolutely delicious.

Preheat the oven to 170°C (340°F). Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.

Put all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Next, add the coconut oil to the boiling water so it melts. Once this has melted, add this to the dry ingredients and mix well to form a wet dough that’s kind of cement-like.

Pour the sludge into the lined baking tray and smooth it out with a spatula. If the mix is being really uncooperative, sprinkle it with water so it gets a bit wetter and therefore spreads easier. It just means you’ll have to cook them longer. Press down the mix roughly so it spreads out, then place a second sheet of non-stick baking paper on top of the cracker blanket and carefully apply pressure to make the mixture thinner and so that it covers the whole tray. It’s easier doing it this way than with a rolling pin.

When that’s done, remove the top piece of baking paper and bake the crackers for 30 minutes. If you can, use a flat surface to flip them over (like you would one half of a cake) and bake for another 20 minutes. If you find the outside bits are going nice and brown but the inside is still a bit raw, break off the cooked bits and keep cooking the middle. They need to be really crisp and golden brown, not raw and wet or soft. Turn off the oven and leave them to cool fully and dry out before breaking up into rough squares or rectangles for serving.

If after a day or so you find they need to be crunchier, stick them back in the oven for a blast. The main thing is to let them truly cool down before you store them, or any residual heat will make them sweaty and soggy. Ewww!

You can also buy The Ketogenic Kitchen here: http://www.easons.com/p-4101768-the-ketogenic-kitchen.aspx

Many thanks and enjoy!
Team Alchemy

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