Fig and Pistachio Crackers

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By Nancy Buchanan

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24/10/2011

by Nancy Buchanan on October 24, 2011

“$8.00″.

On one of my recent “recon” missions (that is shopping to get ideas for holiday menus) I spied these  great looking crackers. Thinking I’d scored a great find for some parties I have coming up I perused the different flavors and tossed one into my basket. Then I spied the price – $8.00. Despite  my  reputation for having no qualms about splurging for high quality ingredients (just ask my husband, he still hasn’t gotten over the shock of how much I paid for last years Prime Rib Roast!) I just couldn’t quite bring myself to shell out $8.00 for a box of crackers. They were from  a small producer, had high quality ingredients and am sure were quite delicious – and I am sure that given all the above, that in order to make a decent profit, they had to be priced at $8.00 a box.

But I just couldn’t spend that on crackers – especially when its something that can make.

So, armed with  some flavor combination ideas I headed back to the kitchen to experiment.  I remembered a cracker  we’d  made in culinary school -  a savory one flavored with parmesan and  toasted pine nuts  and I figured it would adapt pretty easily.  I dug out the recipe, made a couple of small changes and voila – fig and pistachio crackers!

Fig and Pistachio crackers BC2 Fig and Pistachio Crackers

 

Fig and Pistachio Crackers

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

1 hour, 20 minutes

You can make the loaves and then freeze them whole. Defrost until you can slice the loaves and then bake them off. This makes these perfect for holiday parties and these make terrific hostess gifts!!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. molasses
  • 1 cup chopped dried figs
  • 1 cup shelled pistachios

Instructions

  1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 8 X4 loaf pans or four 6 x 3/14 inch pans (I like the smaller size pans for this but if you don't have them, not a problem! In a large bowl combine the flour, baking soda, salt, figs and pistachios. Toss to combine. In a large measuring cup combine the buttermilk, brown sugar and molasses. Stir to combine. Add the buttermilk mixture to the dry ingredients and stir with a spoon. Divide batter evenly between the loaf pans. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let pans cool.
  2. Refrigerate loafs until cold - I place mine in the freezer for about 10 -15 minutes before slicing since the key to these crackers is to slice the loafs very thin.
  3. Pre heat oven to 300 degrees. Slice loaves into 1/8 inch slices. Place on an ungreased sheet pan and bake for an additional 20 - 30 minutes, turning slices after 10 - 15 minutes and bake until slices are crisp and brown. Cool.
  4. Store in an airtight container for 3 - 4 days. Serve with fruit and cheese!
http://www.acommunaltable.com/fig-and-pistachio-crackers/

 

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Barbara | Creative Culinary October 24, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Well, I for one am delighted you made that decision because now we all have this recipe and those cracker look amazing. I can see dried cranberries and pistachios too for the holidays. For gifts even!

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Nancy October 26, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Definitely for gifts!! I was thinking these would be great in your famous holiday baskets – best part is you could make the loaves now and either give the loaf or slice and bake before hand!!

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Lindsay @ Schnoodle Soup October 25, 2011 at 7:42 am

These sound amazing. I adore anything with figs. Super cute butter dish, too.

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Nancy October 26, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Thanks Lindsay – I’ve had it for ages…

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Sippitysup October 25, 2011 at 8:31 am

I think I can do this! GREG

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Nancy October 26, 2011 at 5:04 pm

With your eyes blindfolded and one hand tied behind your back!!!

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mjskit October 25, 2011 at 3:51 pm

You certainly sold me! You could easily charge $8.00 for a small box of these! WOW! Great pictures and fabulous recipe! I’ve bookmarked it and WILL be trying it before the holidays.

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Nancy October 26, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I hope you like them MJ – I love that you can freeze them and then slice and bake… definitely my kind of nibble!

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Lora @cakeduchess October 25, 2011 at 6:07 pm

I adore figs and these crackers look fantastic. I will definitely give these a try for holiday time. I like Barb’s cranberry idea too!:)

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Nancy October 26, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Me too – I can’t wait to experiment!!

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foodwanderings October 25, 2011 at 6:40 pm

OMGoodness this is the epitomy of decadence!! Love this post Nancy and getting to know you better is awesome!

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Nancy October 26, 2011 at 5:03 pm

You too Shulie! I was thinking about you and these crackers – I bet they would be delicious with some sunflower and flax seeds. Would be fun to experiment!

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Nicole October 25, 2011 at 6:52 pm

These look terrific, great job recreating. A few weeks ago I made an impulse buy of 9$ wasabi soy green beans at Whole Foods. i felt badly about it afterwards (but they were good) but I will restrain myself in the future. Love this recipe!

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Nancy October 26, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Ah, we have to splurge sometimes – but I definitely know what you mean!!!

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the urban baker October 25, 2011 at 7:59 pm

this is my kind of snack and I would eat it all! Also, had no idea you went to culinary school – lucky you!

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Nancy October 26, 2011 at 5:02 pm

It is a lot of work, but really fun – learned so much!!!

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Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] October 25, 2011 at 8:57 pm

I love the flavor combo! I wouldn’t have spent $8.00 on crackers either. Good call to go ahead and make your own. Better quality too.

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Nancy October 26, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Thanks Allison!! Making your own isn’t always the best, but in this case it totally works!!

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marla {family fresh cooking} October 26, 2011 at 5:06 am

I have seen those similar expensive crackers at Whole Foods. Thanks for the re-invention. I bet yours taste waaayyy better too :) Pretty Miss Nancy. xxoo

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Nancy October 26, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Thanks Marla!! I can’t wait to make more – have lots of flavor combo’s to try!

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen October 26, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Those look delicious and the green and red are very festive. I have to agree $8 for crackers would have me doing a double take too.

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Brooke @ Food Woolf October 26, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Looks like you saved some money and inspired the whole lot of us! Thanks!

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Tickled Red October 27, 2011 at 5:48 am

I am so making these for the holidays. Not to mention it will be a new first for me that is on my to do list…crackers :)

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Georgia Pellegrini October 27, 2011 at 8:14 pm

These look like the perfect thing to serve as an appetizer. At once simple, elegant and tasty!

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Nancy November 2, 2011 at 8:30 am

Thanks Georgia!
They go really well with cheese and I love that they are a little different … making them ahead is such a bonus!!

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Lentil Breakdown November 12, 2011 at 10:55 pm

If you don’t bake them again, will they just be dense bread? Love these ingredients and dense bread! (and crackers!) A winning combo, any way you slice it!

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Nancy November 13, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Hi Adair!!

Yes, the bread is pretty dense – the main difference between this and a more traditional fruit bread is the amount of sugar – also, not quite as moist as a fruit bread either! These are tasty crackers though!

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