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"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Tahini Update ~ Homemade Wheat Thins

I let my homemade tahini sit about 9 days before using it to make hummus.  The oil did not separate.   It was also darker and smelled better than the jar of tahini from the store.

I should have taken another photo comparing the color of each, and it stayed softer too.  The jar of tahini from the store separates quickly and is difficult to stir again.

I found it just, if not more, tastier than the tahini from the store, so I have now restocked my organic, hulled sesame seeds, and non-gmo/organic toasted sesame oil (you don't use much so it last for a while). 


...since I made hummus, I went ahead and made homemade wheat thins.  I haven't made them in a while.  I forgot how sticky the dough was. 

I tried using my marcato to "roll" the dough, but it turned out much easier to roll it myself.  I flattened by hand as much as possible, then rolled, and cut with a dough cutter or pizza cutter.   I ended up with well over 100, but I cut my crackers 1 x 1, which was perfect for dipping. 

Dinner was a successful, pull-it-from-the-freezer/pantry-meal.  Homemade meatballs (freezer), baked then warmed in the crock pot with home canned hot pepper mustard sauce, served over millet (freezer) cooked with homemade vegetable broth (freezer), wilted kale (freezer), and caramelized onions (freezer), along with green beans (freezer), mixed with home canned corn relish.  

Dessert?  We were too full for anything more.  Although I would have opened a home canned jar of applesauce.

I know this was a double protein meal, but I was out of brown rice.  It worked out well for the vegetarians here.  Road were bad again, and there was no way I was asking Hubby to stop at the store and buy a box of non-gmo/organic crackers either.  He's been working double shifts, starting at midnight, for the last two days.  Besides, these homemade ones are much better, and I get more than one box.  It's costs a lot less too.


Susan said...

I need to experiment to see if I can make that pepper mustard sauce without the flour - maybe with cornstarch. I love the idea of having it on hand, as it sure sounds wonderful! What a satisfying meal that must have been - all from your own stores. Being GF, I like my own crackers much better than the limited selection at the store. Problem is, I also tend to eat more of them! Thanks for the update on the tahini. I will be making my own.

hoosier girl said...

I've been wanting to try cracker making, do you have a link to the recipe? Looks yummy!

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

Dinner with those meatballs and veggies looks delish! Not sure about the tahini... (have to research that, completely clueless)
the wheat thins look yummy too.
at risk of repeating...
I have those same vintage Corell plates

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

1½ cups flour, all-purpose

½ cup whole wheat flour

½ cup sugar

¼ teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons butter
or margarine, softened
⅔ cup milk

1 x salt
for the tops, optional *
* not incl. in nutrient facts

Preheat the oven to 325.

In a large bowl or in the food processor, combine the flours, sugar, and salt.

Cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

Blend in the milk slowly, using only enough to form a dough that will hold together in a cohesive ball.

Divide the dough into 2 equal portions for rolling.

On a floured surface or pastry cloth, roll the crackers thin, 1/16 to ⅛ inch.

If desired, lightly sprinkle the tops with salt and gently roll over the dough with your rolling pin.

With a sharp knife, cut the crackers into 2-inch squares.

Transfer them to an ungreased baking sheet.

Prick each cracker in 2 or 3 places with the tines of a fork.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the crackers are lightly browned.

Cool on a rack.

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Susan, the mustard sauce really comes in handy.

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Hoosier girl, I do think it's linked, but I added it here too

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Patricia, it's an ingredient needed to make hummus

hoosier girl said...

Got it! And the link is showing up now, too! Thanks!!

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Hoosier girl, you are welcome.

RB said...

I LOVE tahini. That the oil separates doesn't bother me much, I just use it to make homemade vinaigrette which turns out yummy.
I've noticed the chef's on food shows now simply using whole toasted sesame seeds instead of tahini if they're going to be putting what they're making into a food processor to whip rather smooth anyway. Sounds easy and maybe inexpensive.
God bless.

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

RB, the homemade version is much easier to spread. Delicious too.