Today the recipe for the French Fridays with Dorie group are Cheez-it-ish Crackers.
Crisp Cheese Crackers spiced with a bit of white pepper and some Aleppo pepper. Perfect as a starter, for snacking or serving with dips. And simple and ideal when friends visit. The cheese in this recipe is Gruyère, the famous Alpine cheese, which originated in Switzerland but is also now produced in France. It has a firm, pliable texture and a nutty, slightly sweet flavor, and is popularly used in dishes such as fondues and gratins (I always use Gruyère as part of my Cheese Fondue Mix – which we always eat New Years). Gruyère is at its best from mid-November to mid-April. Swiss Gruyère - labelled as “Le Gruyère Switzerland” is protected and will have the word ‘Switzerland’ stamped in red across the top and bottom of its rind. If you prefer a milder flavor, look for “Gruyère Doux” (mild Gruyère), which will have been matured for around 5 months, rather than “Gruyère Vieux” (aged Gruyère), which can be aged for up to 18 months.
We all adored these Cheese Cracker, they taste a bit different from my usual Cheese Cracker recipe (which contains some sour cream and aged Gouda), so I was eager to get some reactions – they were very well received and since the dough was easy to roll-out and transfer to the cookie sheets (even the kids got involved), and the baked Crackers had a wonderful cheesy flavor, this recipe will certainly make many more appearances at our house.
To see how delectable the Cheese Crackers made by the other members of the French Fridays with Dorie group turned out, please click here.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you “Happy Holidays! – Frohe Festtage! – Joyeuses Fêtes!” Hopefully, our Christmas Cards for the FFwD Christmas Card Exchange have arrived in time at all their destinations. I would also like to send a big “Thank You! – Danke! – Merci!” to all of you who send their cards and greetings our way. I cannot tell you how much it means to me (and my family) to receive all your cards, colorful and wonderful and prepared with such dedication and lots of love! It has been a real pleasure cooking and baking along with all of you, reading and looking at all your blogs and receiving all the warm and wonderful comments! I am truly looking forward to the coming year!