Occasionally, I like to challenge myself into making store bought packaged foods, at home. Why? You might ask. Because not only is it fun to recreate classic products at home, but it is a whole-of-a-lot healthier making it yourself, than buying it from the store. You see, the ones at the market are filled with tons of salt, preservatives, additives, artificial flavorings, tons of words you can’t even pronounce like, maltodextrinalkinadeformuladesodiumglutamine……..Who wants to ingest that? I know I don’t. Take my word for it, you don’t want to either.
Anyhow, this time I actually wanted to repay a dear friend for helping me out at school with all my constant photo-lab questions. She managed to survive all my freak outs, inquiries, and indecisiveness that came along with my first project this semester. Without her I would’ve been lost. So to show my immense gratitude I decided to, much like I often do, make her something tasty. That is one thing you’ll quickly learn about me; I love repaying/giving people homemade baked goodies or even food. You’ll be surprised just how people react to such a gesture. Try it. At least once in your life. I always say that it isn’t about the gift itself. You don’t have to spend a fortune on a present, just make them something from the heart. Whether it’s a card, craft, or yummy treat, the recipient will enjoy it so much more. Well, said friend, has a fascination, I would call it a strange addiction, to all things fish. In fact, I actually met her in one of my classes where she made a fish project, with dangling fish. It was really cool. So since her favorite snacks are Cheddar Goldfish, you know, the ones we all enjoyed as children…I still do, I decided that I would make her some. Better ones. Tastier ones. Healthier ones. Gourmet ones. Okay, you guys get the point. I made her some.
I scoured and scoured the internet for a great recipe, and didn’t have to look far because I found the best one at Tasty Kitchen. Need I say more? I always find amazing recipes there, and this one was no different. And best of all it is ridiculously simple. Only five ingredients. I should call it a 5 Ingredient Fix recipe, because Claire Robinson would be proud about this one.
Here’s what we need:
Fresh Grated Cheddar
What?!?!? That’s it? That’s all you need to make homemade goldfish crackers? But what are all those ingredients on the packaged ones? My point exactly! Who knows what all those weird ingredients are?
Let’s dump all of the ingredients, except the water, into the food processor, fitted with the steel blade.
Pulse a couple of times so that everything gets well combined and the mixture resembles course crumbs, the size of peas. Just like if we’re making a pie crust.
Which incidentally, I wonder if this would make a good pie crust? For a savory pie or quiche. That sounds amazing. I’m sure it would work out. *Memo to myself: Must try that out! Pronto!*
Now stream/pour/dump/trickle in the water.
I don’t care how you do it, but just do it.
Turn on the machine and let it form a ball.
You might have to open it up and scrape down the sides of the bowl, a couple of times. Yea, I think that’s a good idea.
And you know what that means…where there is scraping involved….
Nope, still not bored of this.
After Mr. Piggy so beautifully scrapes down the sides of the bowl, replace the lid and mix until it comes together and away from the sides.
If mixture doesn’t come together and appears dry, add a little more water.
Just a little bit at a time, remember, you can always add but you can never take out.
When the dough comes together, just like above, form it into a disk.
Wrap the dough snugly in plastic wrap and place it in the fridge, to chill, for about 20 minutes.
After the dough has chilled, place it onto a lightly floured surface and roll out into a thin layer.
Continue to roll out until 1/4 inch thick. Which just means thin!
You’re going to need a tiny fish cookie cutter.
You can either purchase it online, or make it yourself.
I went all Macgyver on this project and made my own out of an aluminum can. Click here to see how to make one.
Start cutting out the goldfish one by one.
Yes, this is the hardest part of this whole process, very tedious. But worth it!
Cut out the tiny goldfish and place them onto a parchment lined baking pan.
You can place them close together, they just puff up, not really expand.
Continue to cut out and line them up like little troops ready to go into battle.
After you cut out like a million goldfish, sprinkle a little salt over the fish, and bake in a 350 degree oven.
Bake until golden brown, and flaky.
And just like that, they’re baked! Let them cool on a rack.
Making homemade goldfish is that simple! This is a great recipe to make with your kids. Gather them around the kitchen and have them help you make this great snack. They can enjoy them at school and will definitely have fun making them.
Place them in airtight containers or snack bags ready to go for the kiddies or yourself. I don’t have kids, and I still love making these. I’m a kid at heart. That counts.
If you’re super cool like me, you can place them on a fish plate, like I did. You can’t really tell but yes it’s a fish. Yup…I’m a dork.
Anyhow, make these soon. You’ll have a blast. While you’re at it, make some tomato soup to sprinkle these on top of. Thank you Tasty Kitchen for posting this fun recipe!
I have to warn you, they’re so tiny, you wont be able to stop chowing them down. They’re lethal little fish. Be careful. Enjoy.
Homemade Goldfish Crackers
Taken from the Tasty Kitchen site. It’s an amazing site, if you haven’t checked it out before, go now, but finish reading my post first.
- 8 ounces, weight Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
- 4 Tablespoons Butter, Cut Into Cubes
- 1 cup Flour
- ¾ teaspoons Salt
- 2 Tablespoons Cold Water
Pulse everything (except water) together in the food processor until the dough resembles coarse sand.
Pulse in water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
Remove dough from the processor, wrap in plastic, and chill for 20 minutes.
Roll out the dough and cut into desired shapes. You can use a toothpick to make the eyes and smile if desired. Place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Sprinkle with a little kosher salt.
Bake at 350 degrees F for about 15 minutes, or until crispy. Rotate the pans half-way through baking to ensure even cooking.
Makes approximately 7 dozen crackers.