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Bing

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How to get 'crunchy stuff'?
« on: April 18, 2013, 09:55:51 AM »
Hi all,

I'm having trouble making crunchy cookies, or crunchy anything.
It all tastes really good but all my stuff comes out chewy.

Any tips?

« Last Edit: April 21, 2013, 04:34:09 AM by Bing »

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Re: How to get 'crunchy stuff'?
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2013, 06:56:01 PM »
The only crunchy thing I've made is the WB granola! However my hazelnut waffles (modified from a maria emmerich recipe) are so good that I don't care that they are more like cake!

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Re: How to get 'crunchy stuff'?
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2013, 12:08:57 AM »
Care to share your hazelnut waffle recipe?  Thanks  :)

Jan in Key West

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Re: How to get 'crunchy stuff'?
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2013, 08:39:36 AM »
This appears to be a good place to post the following easy to make "Parmesan crisps" recipe, although since there is only one ingredient, not sure it's really a recipe!


Turn oven to 400....line a large baking sheet with oiled parchment paper.....using shredded parmesan cheese, make small mounds (like lace cookies).....bake for 5-8 minutes. They are crunchy and delicious....can be used with dips etc......and we're thinking of making them larger, adding some sauce and might be a viable pizza crust.

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Re: How to get 'crunchy stuff'?
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2013, 09:53:00 AM »
We do cheese crackers in the microwave. 


We put 5 or six 1.5" x 1/4" squares in a circle on
some parchment paper on a plate.  Fold over the
parchment to prevent splatters.  Then microwave
for 1.5 minutes. 


Different cheeses come out differently.  Softer
cheeses seem to become lacey (cheddar) and
harder cheeses stay in a compact square (pecorino
romano).


I forgot to add:  Slide the parchment with the
cheese off onto a cool surface for a few seconds
before taking them off.  Watch out, too, 'cause
the plate gets quite hot.  I alternate a couple of
plates.

It will take some experimenting for your situation
because microwaves are all different powers, but
worth it.  The failures are delicious too.


Then dip into guacamole or salsa or put liverwurst
and avocado slices on it.  Better than wheat crackers.
« Last Edit: July 05, 2013, 09:55:52 AM by bill »

Jan in Key West

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Re: How to get 'crunchy stuff'?
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2013, 10:02:55 AM »
Bill,
I'm making more parmesan crisps today for appetizers so will try some other cheeses as well....great idea!

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Re: How to get 'crunchy stuff'?
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2013, 11:21:29 AM »
I've made the Parmesan crisps in a skillet, but this will be even easier!

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Re: How to get 'crunchy stuff'?
« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2013, 01:37:31 PM »
I just remembered...we've also made a pizza like this. I put Parmesan in a smallish skillet & let it get crisp on the cooktop, then I put on my toppings. Seems like I zapped onions, bit of bell pepper, other veggies in the microwave briefly, pizza sauce, ham...more cheese on the top, can't remember what kind. I used an oven safe skillet and then put it under the broiler till cheese melted. It was good but it was hard to handle. I tried to cut pieces. It would work better to do it in a really small skillet and make individual pizzas.


I've made little pizzas using butternut squash as the crust and it was DELISH. I'll post the link under recipes.

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Re: How to get 'crunchy stuff'?
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2013, 12:03:45 PM »
Oh my! We just made the Parmesan crisps in the microwave on parchment paper (see bill's comment above & Jan's comment above). 50 minutes worked best in my microwave. We dipped them in guacamole while waiting for the stew in the crockpot to finish. They were WONDERFUL. We used up all the Parmesan :)) I'm gonna try some other kinds of cheeses next time.

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Re: How to get 'crunchy stuff'?
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2013, 03:38:02 PM »
No! No! No!  Not 50 minutes in the microwave!  Maybe 50 seconds.

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Re: How to get 'crunchy stuff'?
« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2013, 06:40:31 AM »
CORRECTION: 50 seconds. Thanks bill, for catching that!

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Re: How to get 'crunchy stuff'?
« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2013, 09:43:54 AM »
Macadamia nuts are very crunchy.


Pork rinds, called Chicarones, are extremely crunchy.

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