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Goldfish Crackers

My oldest daughter loves goldfish crackers… but of course I’m not thrilled with the ingredients.  So, I promised her that I would make her some… This really was a labor of love, first I learned to make cheez it’s, which are actually VERY simple.  I found a great  recipe on the internet that was perfect.  See it here: http://www.time2saveworkshops.com/homemade-cheez-its-only-6-ingredients-healthier-version/), then I figured out how to make mini cookie cutters (I looked around to buy premade ones but couldn’t find anything. Finally, I was able to make the goldfish as promised.  Both the girls really enjoyed  them but it sure took a lot of work to cut out all those little fish.  So… with love for my daughters, here it is…

Goldfish Crackers Goldfish Crackers before bakingGoldfish Crackers

Ingredients:

8 oz block extra sharp cheese (or your favorite flavor)

1 cup whole wheat flour

4 tablespoons butter

2-4 tablespoons ice water

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon paprika

6-8 drops yellow food coloring (optional)

3-4 drops red food coloring (optional)

Instructions

Chop cheese into cubes

Put cheese, flour,butter, salt and Paprika and food coloring in a food processor. Process until combined. Will look like coarse crumbs.

add water 1 Tablespoon at a time until dough sticks together

remove from food processor, form into a ball and wrap ball of dough in plastic wrap. refrigerate for 30 min.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut about 1/4 of the dough off, roll on a floured surfaced until about 1/8 inch thick. Cut into shapes. Transfer to a cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes or until puffed and crispy.  Watch them closely or they will burn.

 

To make cheez it’s – cut into squares using a rolling cutter, transfer the entire sheet to a cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes.  The crackers break apart easily after they are baked.

 

How to make the cookie cutters

this was a lot of work but actually pretty fun – I love a challenge and I love to learn new things so this was right up my alley!

 

Mini Goldfish Cookie Cutters Mini Goldfish Cookie Cutters

I started with a soda can which I rinsed and dried.

Next, I used metal shears to cut off the top and bottom of the can and cut it down one side to get a flat sheet of aluminum.

Then, I marked the can in even strips with a sharpie and a straight edge and cut these into strips along the marked lines (about 1 inch wide)

Next, I folded the strips in half because I did not want to use the sharp aluminum edge and rolled it through a pasta  press to make the fold nice and crisp.

Then I made a model fish out of cardboard which I glued together to make a template which I could mold the aluminum around.

For each cookie cutter, I wrapped the aluminum around the mold to form it into the proper shape.

I then tucked the ends together to get my final cookie cutter.

Since these were so small and I did not want to cut each one by hand I decided to design a rolling cutter, I found a tube to place the fish on, lined them up and threaded a wire through the front and back ends of each fish, this served to hold them together and to anchor them to the tube.  I wrapped the tube in clay, positioned the fish and baked it until the clay was solid.

Tada! one rolling goldfish cookie cutter – It worked pretty well, But I would suggest making sure all the cutters are even in height as some do not cut because they cannot reach the dough.

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Master Muffin Mix

My oldest started preschool this year.  It is amazing how fast she has grown… One of my concerns with her being in school was that I did not want her eating the breakfasts and lunches provided by the school (they are frequently loaded with refined grains and sugars) but I also don’t want her to be teased because she has to eat different food than the other kids.  So I decided to try making similar meals to send with her.  The first meal on the menu was blueberry muffins so I looked up a master muffin mix on line fixed it accordingly and we got fabulous muffins to send to school!  So far we have tried peach, mixed berry and blueberry muffins.  She liked them so much that I  haven’t need to make any of the other breakfasts – she just want’s muffins or pancakes…

See the original and great varieties at http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2014/02/18/master-muffin-mix/

MuffinsMaster Muffin Mix

Ingredients:

1 Cup whole Wheat Pastry Flour

3/4 cup whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 large egg

1/2 cup honey

1 Tbsp Molasses

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup of fruit of choice

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Combine and sift the dry ingredients into a bowl

3. Combine wet ingredients in another bowl

4. Combine wet and dry ingredients, add fruit, mix until combined.  Do not over mix.

5. Prepare muffin pans with liners or spray with oil

6. fill muffin cups 3/4 full.  Bake in preheated oven for about 10 minutes or when toothpick comes out clean.

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