It’s something of an understatement to say that when our very talented friend Emma brought these little homemade Goldfish Crackers to our MoKL Brilliant Bento event last week, they went down a storm. Deliciously more-ish and cheesy, it wasn’t surprising they didn’t last long; the kids and adults loved them, so much so they gave them a 10 out of 10. And lucky for us, Emma has very kindly agreed to share the recipe.
I love the original Pepperidge Farm goldfish crackers you can buy in the US, but I think these taste even better and have fewer ingredients to boot. You can buy the Pepperidge Farm version on Amazon (I’ve seen prices around £3 per bag, plus a £1 postage charge). You can make these homemade versions for a fraction of the price and with ingredients you most likely already have.
Emma suggests using strong cheddar for this recipe but as I only had mild cheddar in the fridge I used that and the crackers were cheesy enough for all of us.
If you haven’t got a goldfish cracker cookie cutter then other shapes will of course do, or you can use a knife to cut out fish shapes. I had a look for tiny goldfish cutters online and the only ones I found were on Etsy (the ones on Amazon were too big). If you’re feeling super creative you can make your own, like Emma does, from an aluminium drinks can or plastic bottle. I had a go with some success and a little help from The Zen of Making.
We managed to get 120 crackers out of this recipe using a 3 cm long goldfish cutter.
- 200g cheddar cheese, grated
- 50g butter, cubed
- 125g plain flour
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 2 Tbsp cold water
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350/Gas Mark 4
- Put all the ingredients except the water in a food processor and pulse on high for a minute or two until the mixture looks like coarse sand
- Add in the water, 1 tablespoon at a time, pulsing in between each tablespoon.
- Take the dough out, wrap in cling film and pop in the fridge to chill for around 20 minutes
- After it's been chilled, remove and unwrap the dough and give it a minute or two to come to room temperature
- Roll to about 2 to 3mm thick and cut into shapes. You can use a toothpick or skewer to make eyes and a smiley face
- Place the shapes on parchment paper or a silicon mat on a baking tray and put into the oven
- Bake for 10 minutes or until golden
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