Do you know Deana? She writes historical posts and ties them to the food of the time. Her pictures are wonderful, and her food is remarkable.
So, a couple of weeks ago, Deana included a fish chowder and butter crackers The crackers looked like a great project for my boys, so we gave it a whirl.
BUTTER CRACKERS A LA DEANA
1/4 cup warm water
3/4 tsp yeast
3/4 cup + 1 tbsp flour
1 tsp kosher salt
2 tbsp + 2 tsp butter, softened
Dissolve the yeast in the water. Sift together the flour and salt, cut in the butter until crumbly, then stir in the water and yeast. Knead until smooth, let it rise about 10 minutes, then divide the dough in half. Roll out each half to about 1/8" thickness, cut into small squares or shapes (my boys used Halloween cookie cutters), and place on parchment paper on baking trays. Bake at 350F for 12 to 14 minutes (Deana's suggested 10 minutes was too light for me), cool and serve. Deana says these can be stored in an airtight container, but since they lasted about 9 minutes, I wouldn't know about that.
Of course, our beloved supervisor was missing. Oh, he was not allowed in the kitchen, but when I left the room to get my camera, he'd always sneak in to see what was going on. He never got too close, but he was always there.