Baked Cheesy Crisps

A deliciously cheesy and satisfying snack to help curve your crunchy cravings. This is one of my personal favorites. It would work very well as bread sticks for a dinner party or just a snack.




Ingredients:

2 cups All Purpose Flour

3/4 cup Cold Water

Spreadable Butter (whether by design or from it being slightly melted)

Cheese of choice for inside (shredded works best but you can use slices as well)

Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend or seasoning of choice


Instructions:

1. Put the flour in a large bowl and add in the cold water. Knead until a dough forms and there's enough gluten developed that the ball of dough is smooth. Should be around 5-10 minutes of kneading.


2. Starting with the dough on a floured surface roll it out into a large rectangle about 1/4 inch thick. I find for best results to lift and flip the dough so that it never fully sticks to the counter and both sides get floured to avoid sticking.


3. Spread the butter on the top side of the dough followed by a layer of cheese. Leave about a 2 inch border from the cheese to the edge of the dough. Once covered fold the dough starting with both sides folding inwards towards the middle. press the seam together to help seal it. Once that is done you will fold the dough in thirds sealing the seam previously created where the sides met.


4. Rotate the dough 90 degrees and roll out the dough again. Repeat step 3.


5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Roll the dough out to about 1/4 inch thick. The dough will raise as the layers cook and the cheese melts so the thinner the better for this part. The cheese will be poking through the dough in parts. Using a pizza cutter slice into desired shape. I make long strips.


6. Place strips spaced out on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper (reusable ones work amazing). Add the Trader Joe's seasoning (or seasoning of choice) on top and press into the dough a little bit so it won't just roll off once baked.


7. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is visibly crispy.


Tips:

using a cheese alternative rather than regular dairy cheese shortens the baking time as it has less oil and fat that will seep into the dough as it is baking. To make this recipe vegan use vegan butter and vegan cheese.


This recipe is easy to adapt to your taste by changing the seasoning and using cheese of choice. If you want a more intense flavor or don't have the Trader Joe's seasoning, a good alternative is to put garlic powder (not garlic salt) on top of the butter in the first layer of cheese and top the strips with some salt before popping them in the microwave (this is the way I made them on my Instagram story).


The thinner strip shape allows for a more even cooking. the wider you cut the strips the lower temperature and longer you should bake them for. If you happen to pull the cheesy crisps out too early and they are not crispy once cooled you can always just put them back into the oven for more time and it won't affect the bake.


I like the crispy cheese spillage but if you want something that looks more professional you can freeze your strips before you bake them and it should help to keep the spillage from happening.


If you want the strips to look darker when being baked or if you want to get a shine on top just add an egg wash. All you need to do for that is to whip one egg like you would for scrambled eggs and brush the egg on top of your strips. I choose not to do this but it would make them look shinier and darker.

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If you would like to watch me make these then click on the Instagram Icon above and watch in the baked snacks highlight. I hope you enjoy the Cheesy Crisps as much as I do.








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