Soda Crackers

Makes: a tinful Ready in: 45 mins

These crackers are really cheap and easy to make and almost too good – you may want to double the quantity. Perfect with cheese or as part of a home made gift hamper, you'll be ruined for bought ones after these.


  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 90g butter or shortening
  • 1/2 cup cold water – enough to make a soft dough
  • salt for sprinkling


    Pre-heat the oven to 200°C. In a bowl or processor combine the flour and baking powder and mix. Add the butter or shortening and pulse or rub into the flour with your fingertips till it is a very fine crumb.

    Add enough water to make a pliable dough. If using a processor “pulse” to combine so you don't over work the dough.

    Turn the dough onto a floured surface and roll out to a large rectangle, not too thick or the crackers won’t be crisp.

    Trim off ragged edges, sprinkle the dough lightly with salt and rub it over the surface.

    Use a cookie cutter or glass to cut into disks or slice the dough into strips then into squares. 

    Place the crackers on a lightly greased tray and prick several times with a fork.

    Bake roughly 10 minutes or until lightly golden and crisp.


    The crackers around the edge of the tray will likely cook more quickly than those in the centre so keep an eye on them and whip off any that are cooked before they turn too brown, then move the middle ones nearer the edges.

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