Annette & Vernette
Crackers & Chocolate Tea Cakes
Give your biscuits a name and tell us about your recipe.
Editor’s note: Annette and Vernette’s baking story is unique. Annette will be submitting two entries each week: One for her, and one for her 94-year-old mother, Vernette. Vernette’s arthritis prevents her from baking herself; Annette will be baking to Vernette's specifications. From Annette: "This week I asked my mom what she would like to make, she said that I should make whatever is easiest for me. We talked about the gingerbread structure but finally decided to make the chocolate marshmallow cookies, and I wanted to try making crackers; I have never made them before. I made a great decision."
Would you describe yourself as a rogue baker, or do you strictly adhere to the recipe?
When making the chocolate marshmallow cookies, I baked the chocolate wafers that go on the bottom ahead of time and then brought all the other ingredients to the nursing home where my mom and I assembled them. We had a great time making the cookie dessert and we ended up covered in chocolate, but it was fun! I joked with my mom and told her to tell the aides that it was CHOCOLATE on the paper toweling in her waste basket and not the alternative, if you get my drift. I must confess that I used marshmallow fluff from a jar instead of making the marshmallow from scratch. The cookies turned out great – they are very rich, but I love chocolate and marshmallow together.
The crackers were not hard to make but took longer to bake than I thought, and getting them crispy took a while. I looked at a number of recipes. The recipe I chose made a basic cracker, so I added a few ingredients to the recipe. I added some baking powder to help make a lighter and hopefully a crispier cracker. I also added milk instead of water to the recipe and I added parmesan cheese, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and garlic. I topped the crackers with salt and parmesan cheese. Now that I have tried to make crackers I think I will go back to buying them from the store.
Tell us about how you added a Wisconsin twist to your creation.
There weren't a lot of Wisconsin products in the chocolate marshmallow cookies, but in the crackers there was milk, cheese, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.
How did you do?