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Old 02-14-2019, 05:07 PM   #1
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Are “ritzy” crackers impossible?

I’m trying without success to make a reasonable facsimile of Ritz crackers. Buttery and flaky is what I’m going for. I followed a couple of recipes for “copycat” Ritz, but the end result is nothing like the iconic cracker.

I’m wondering if, instead of cutting the butter into the flour, should I laminate the dough? If that’ll get me a nice, flaky, crumbly cracker, I’ll try it! Alternately, I’m wondering if the dough isn’t hydrated enough. The last batch I made, though, was too, too wet. I had to add about another 1/4 cup of flour just to get the dough to come together.

The recipes I’ve attempted are all no-yeast, leavened with baking powder.

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Old 02-15-2019, 02:46 AM   #2
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I've never attempted to make Ritz crackers but I would trust the folks at King Arthur Flour.

https://www.kingarthurflour.com/reci...rackers-recipe

I have made these cheese crackers and spritz cheese straws several times with good results.

https://www.kingarthurflour.com/reci...pennies-recipe

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I've never attempted to make Ritz crackers but I would trust the folks at King Arthur Flour.

https://www.kingarthurflour.com/reci...rackers-recipe

I have made these cheese crackers and spritz cheese straws several times with good results.

https://www.kingarthurflour.com/reci...pennies-recipe

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Old 02-15-2019, 08:54 AM   #4
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There is no butter in Ritz crackers

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Old 02-15-2019, 10:58 AM   #5
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There is no butter in Ritz crackers

I never thought to look at the ingredient list!

That’s kind of odd, actually, considering that Ritz’s claim to fame is their buttery flavor.

I’m really just wondering how to get that flaky, almost pastry-like quality that the commercial product has.
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Old 02-15-2019, 11:53 AM   #6
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You'll probably find artificial butter flavor in more things out there than real butter!
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Old 02-16-2019, 12:16 PM   #7
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This is interesting because I've never even heard of anyone making their own crackers.

How did you get on with that? Do you have any pics?
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Old 02-16-2019, 01:31 PM   #8
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Seems like a lot if work when the real thing is so cheap and tasty.

However, that being said, I'm interested in if you can make it work. So if it takes you months and months.... I'm fine with that.
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Old 02-16-2019, 02:22 PM   #9
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There is no butter in Ritz crackers

That ad isn't for Ritz Crackers.
But, you are right that there is no butter in Ritz Crackers. From their website:
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Ingredients: UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), SOYBEAN OIL, SUGAR, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED COTTONSEED OIL, SALT, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SOY LECITHIN, MALTED BARLEY FLOUR, NATURAL FLAVOR.CONTAINS WHEAT, SOY
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Old 02-16-2019, 03:19 PM   #10
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This is interesting because I've never even heard of anyone making their own crackers.

How did you get on with that? Do you have any pics?
I've made crackers before. It's fun - just another foodie thing to play with.

These are really good: https://barefootcontessa.com/recipes...thyme-crackers
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That ad isn't for Ritz Crackers.
But, you are right that there is no butter in Ritz Crackers. From their website:
I know the ad isn't for Ritz crackers. It's for Keebler Townhouse Crackers, which are the same thing, only oval instead of round!
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I know the ad isn't for Ritz crackers. It's for Keebler Townhouse Crackers, which are the same thing, only oval instead of round!
They aren't made by the same company. Why would that prove that Ritz Crackers don't have butter?
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I know the ad isn't for Ritz crackers. It's for Keebler Townhouse Crackers, which are the same thing, only oval instead of round!
Not the same thing to me. The flavor of Townhouse is much better than Ritz, in my opinion.
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I've made crackers before. It's fun - just another foodie thing to play with.

These are really good: https://barefootcontessa.com/recipes...thyme-crackers
I wonder how they taste. They look more like cookies than crackers.
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I wonder how they taste. They look more like cookies than crackers.
They taste really good. They're a little thick because they're sliced rather than rolled. They're more crisp than most cookies, though.
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They taste really good. They're a little thick because they're sliced rather than rolled. They're more crisp than most cookies, though.
I'm not much into baking, so I doubt I'd give them a go. But you can make some for me and send them overnight
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All I know is I make a durn good summer squash casserole with Ritz crackers and other stuff.
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All I know is I make a durn good summer squash casserole with Ritz crackers and other stuff.
Oh my goodness, I love that stuff. Scalloped squash is one of my favorite things. Usually when I do a squash scallop, I use the yellow squash.
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Oh my goodness, I love that stuff. Scalloped squash is one of my favorite things. Usually when I do a squash scallop, I use the yellow squash.

I like it best with a mix in the summer, but I often just use zucchini this time of year. Is your recipe similar to mine Linda? Summer Squash Casserole
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I like it best with a mix in the summer, but I often just use zucchini this time of year. Is your recipe similar to mine Linda? Summer Squash Casserole
Yes, very similar, except I cut my squash into slices instead of cubes and I don't use cheese.
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