This is my first time making soda crackers from scratch. It was really fun! Another time when I don't have as much going on, I'd like to try cutting them into prettier shapes, or baking them in one perforated sheet, then breaking them apart once they've cooled, but today I just did squares. And lopsided squares, at that, since I didn't have a ruler. ; )
I used vegetable shortening and soy milk, to make this a vegan recipe.
We ate these tonight with some vegetable soup. I'm not going to post it as a recipe since for me, vegetable soup is one of those "just throw it together with what you happen to have on hand" things. Tonight I used onion, celery, carrots, garlic, crushed tomatoes, kidney beans, green beans, black eyed peas, vegetable stock and water. Yum, yum, yum!
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup plus 2 Tbsp shortening
2/3 cup soy milk
Preheat oven to 375.
Combine flour and baking powder in a medium mixing bowl. Cut in shortening. Stir in soy milk to form a dough. Gather dough into a ball, and divide in half. Roll out one portion of the dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into squares and place on a baking sheet. Prick each square several times with a fork. Sprinkle with salt.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or longer as needed, until the crackers are crisp and just beginning to brown lightly. Keep an eye on them, as the time may vary widely with different types of baking sheets. Remove crackers to a rack, and cool completely.