Crackers and I have a love-hate relationship.
Sometimes, I make them and they come out perfectly crispy and life is good. Other times, not so much...
I really haven't figured out the rhyme or reason - I don't usually use the same recipe. (I know, I know...)
Savory wheat crackers are a pretty basic preparation - whole wheat flour, water and some salt. I was feeling a little lazy about the rolling process and opted to run them through my pasta roller. As long as I kept the dough well floured this worked like a charm.
The interesting part of these crackers was the topping. I topped it with sesame seed, celery seed and some charnushka (which I didn't realize was nigella at the time I was using it). I baked the first batch the recommended amount of time (3-4 minutes) and ended up with floppy pita like crackers. I doubled the time on the second batch and ended up with crispy bites.
I don't know what else to say about these - they were simple, they were tasty and fit into my schedule.
A couple of weeks ago, the group posted Tropical Napoleons. I made these (pictorial evidence provided), but somehow never got around to posting them.
Meringue is another one of those items I have a love-hate relationship with. Frankly, whipped egg-white dishes and I just don't always get along. It's a curse, I tell you.
Unlike crackers, when it comes to meringue, I usually know what
I did went wrong. Meringue problems usually fall into one of two camps: 1) improper egg whipping (usually a result of my impatience) or 2) humidity (it just doesn't like to be made in humid conditions).
This time around, failure to follow directions was my curse. I lazied out on the "spreading the meringue thin" part of things, resulting in disks that didn't quite harden up the way they were supposed to. Fortunately, they peeled off the parchment relatively easy and were able to be stacked and layered with some berries and mascarpone whipped cream - resulting in a pretty impressive, if not perfect dessert.
The sesame/ coconut flaked topped disks were a huge hit - we enjoyed eating them just as they were.
The big take-away for me from this recipe was that I really like toasted coconut flakes. I usually can't deal with shredded coconut (or raw coconut), but...toasted flakes, I totally enjoy. I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks.