Friday, July 6, 2012

Charmed and a Gift

The gift, a special yummy recipe.
Charmed, the small charm you see in the lower picture.
With only a couple more posts I will be celebrating 1000 posts
here at Delights of the Heart.
The charm is small, but made by me.
I will be sending it to someone when I reach 1000.
Leave a comment here to receive a chance to win this charm.

The gift is a recipe for each of you.
A recipe for Cranberry Hazelnut Crackers.
It comes from Cathy at Wives with Knives here.

Cranberry Hazelnut Raincoast Crisps
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
1 cup dried cranberries or raisins
1/2 cup hazelnuts or pecans, lightly chopped
1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitos)
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup flax seed
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda and salt.  Add the buttermilk, brown sugar and honey and stir a few strokes.  Add the raisins, nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, flax seed and rosemary and stir just until blended.

Pour the batter into two 8"x4" loaf pans or 4 small loaf pans (I used 5-3/4"x3") that have been sprayed with nonstick spray.  Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden and springy to the touch.  (I like these crackers very crisp so for my second batch I reduced the temperature to 300 (275 F. convection) and baked them for 20 minutes on each side and they were perfect.  Watch that they don't get too brown.  Remove from the pans and cool on a wire rack.

The cooler the bread, the easier it is to slice really thin.  You can leave it until the next day or pop it into the refrigerator. (I refrigerated the loaves overnight and they sliced perfectly the next day). Slice the loaves as thin as you can and place the slices in a single layer on an ungreased cookie sheet.   Reduce oven heat to 300 degrees F. (I turned the heat down to 250 degrees) and bake the slices for another 10 minutes on each side.

Makes about 6 dozen crackers.


Adrienne said...

The crackers look delicious! The little charm is darling. Sign me up for your give-away. Congratulations on almost one thousand posts!

Steph said...

I can attest to the yumminess of these crackers!

La Tea Dah said...

Yummy, yummy recipe! Thank you SO much!!! And I love their name!

La Tea Dah said...

And --- congratulations on 1,000 posts. It has been fun to be one of your readers since the very beginning. Your posts are always thoughtful and thought provoking. A little bit of serenity, always, in the midst of busy days. Thank you, Marilyn! I am absolutely a fan of Delights of the Heart!

Karen's Place said...

Charming photos. Congrads on 1000 wonderful post.

Ginger said...

What a lovely way to celebrate 1000 posts. Thanks.
ginger c at gmail dot com

parTea lady said...

The Raincoast Crisps look delicious - perfect with the cherries and cream cheese.

I'd love to win the pretty teapot charm you made.

Laurie said...

Your charm is so adorable!! And will be trying these crackers soon. Thank-you for sharing, and congrats on 1000 posts!

Pinky said...

Congrats on your milestone! The recipe looks yummy!

Traveling Bells said...

Dang, I am hungry and want a cracker or three! That charm is definitely charming...

Faye said...

I would love a chance at your special charm. (That's a LOT of posts)

S. Etole said...

They certainly sound delicious.

Anonymous said...

What a milestone, Marilyn. One thousand posts represents a lot of contemplation, creativity and effort. Your blog is so serene and your writing is lovely.

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

Hi Marilyn - These wonderful crackers are one of my favorite snacks with a glass of iced tea or wine. Love your addition of a little cheese to spread on top. Many thanks for the link.

Anonymous said...

The charm looks lovely and congratulations upon 1000 posts, whew that is a lot of posts, love your blog, recipes and tea stuff..I have tea so much my friends know I always prefer tea..Just something about a pot of tea and a cuppa that makes me reflect and be happy, no matter what happens in my life..would love to win that charm, would remind me of your many recipes and your blog and tea.oh,my from mary j. sampson at again on your 1000 post and enjoy enjoy enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tracy said...

Thank you for the many treats, as always, Marilyn... BIG congrats on 1,000! :o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

koralee said...

Congratulations on 1000!!! I love raincoast crisps but always spend way too much money on a package when I buy them in the store...thanks for sharing. xoxo

Rosemary said...

Happy 1,000! Looking forward to the next thoughtful, inspiring, joyful, delightful and passionate thousand!

Jeanie said...

Thanks for sharing this terrific sounding recipe! Oh, I do love a good cookie! And your tea charm is so beautiful. 1,000 -- It'll be awhile before I catch you on that one! Congratulations!

Mary said...

It's certainly been a pleasure following you and enjoying so many delightful posts over the years Marilyn. It feels like we've traveled together, enjoyed tea around the world, enjoyed the beauty of French villages, Thai food, and crazy things such as zip-lining......not bad for two friends of a certain age! All that's left now is to meet and spend some wonderful time together in person.....some day, hopefully dear!

Congratulations, and here's to the next 1000, I can hardly wait.

Hugs - Mary

The Enthusiast's Scrapbook said...

Hi Mariyln,

Congratulations on your 1,000 blog post! You have "Delighted Our Hearts" with your inspirational and encouraging posts. Let's pull out the Mariage Feres Darjeeling and toast to 1,000 more posts. :)

What a gorgeous charm! Has looks very vintage. Please enter me in the drawing to win this precious piece.



Angela McRae said...

Those crackers sound yummy, and your charm is beautiful! (Bucket list item: to learn how to make those myself!)