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5. Basil Flatbread Crackers

Serve this with cheese, olives, and other appetizers.


  • 2 Cups flour, plus more for surface
  • 1/4 Cup roughly chopped fresh basil, plus 40 whole leaves
  • 1 Teaspoon sugar
  • Coarse salt
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • 1 Cup heavy cream
  • 1 Large egg white, lightly beaten

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Add flour, basil, sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt to a food processor, and pulse until the mixture is combine well. Add butter pieces and continue pulsing until coarse and mealy. Add cream in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop pulsing when the mixture has become a dough.
2. Lightly flour work surface. Knead the dough briefly, and then divide it into 4 pieces. Shape each piece into a rectangle (it doesn’t have to be perfect) and wrap in plastic wrap. Transfer to the refrigerator and let it firm up. This should take about 30 minutes.
3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly flour work surface if needed. Roll out 1 piece of dough at a time into a rectangle roughly 12 x 16 inches. It should be very thin. Transfer to the baking sheet. Coat the dough with the egg white using a pastry brush. Sprinkle with coarse salt, and lightly press 10 basil leaves into the dough.
4. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the crackers are crisp and golden. Move the cracker to a wire rack to cool, and repeat steps 3 and 4 with remaining 3 dough pieces. When the crackers have cooled, break them with your hands.

Recipe Credit: Martha Stewart.

More Basil Recipes:
6. Basil & Summer Squash Soup
7. Tomato-Basil Quiche
8. Summer Basil Quinoa Salad
9. Basil Lime & Pumpkinseed Pesto

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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8:22AM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

good ideas

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1:42AM PDT on Jul 14, 2013

Great recipes, downloaded all 17 Basil recipes and will try them one by one. I may not be Italian but I love Basil.

12:58PM PDT on Jul 13, 2013

Thanks, some recipes of interest there.

10:03AM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

My absolutely favorite spice!

Fine article, but I think you could have posted it in less than 5 jumps. Please think about being "user friendly" when you post. I'm afraid folks pass up a lot of worthwhile articles because of the problem of too many jumps.

6:45AM PDT on Jul 6, 2013

Thanks for the great recipes...will probably do the basil quinoa salad later today.

11:28AM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

Basil is the only herb I grow that my cats won't eat!

10:39AM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

Thank you.

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