8/19/09

pineapple-bacon crackers

pineapple-cheddar crackers 3

You know I made these little savory gems back in winter--the season where my cheese cravings are at an all time high. Why I crave cheese so much in the winter is beyond me; a lack of calcium maybe?
So I'm just going through the "food porn" pictures archives and noticing how much I have not shared with you. I am fixing that stat. :::cue rap music::: "I'm gonna fix that stat, yeah you know that!..." OK, that's great, so much for the rap career.
I hate seriously hate to call these crackers as they are not thin and crispy. They are crispy and thick, and cheesy, and baconey, and pineapplely. Another wonderful savory sweet with the salty creation. Not diet food at all. These do go well with a nice crisp, dry white wine. What kind? I haven't clue what kind I just get whatever is on sale or prosecco, I'm easy.
I am back to being good at exercising. Little time off, but now I'm back to going to the gym every other day and doing my weightlifting routine. Getting my killer abs, legs, and guns back (and chest because I don't want my boobs in my shoes when I'm older). I'm kinda excited about this, I have finally found the perfect way (for me) to do my squats. To be honest, for years I avoided squats like the dentist. I hated them because they hurt so much and I was never seeing progress. Well, the hurt part made me stop more so. But now I do my squats with the aide of two chairs to help give me a little support as I plunge down and to watch myself in the gym mirrors to make sure my form is spot on. What I learned was I was never plunging down far enough in a squat. You need to plunge down further in a squat in order for all the muscles (upper & lower) in the leg to get worked. So now with the help of two of the gym chairs I can go down further and eventually get strong enough where I don't need the chairs. No wonder I never saw results! How did I figure this out? Well, first never seeing results and getting frustrated and second, my workout buddy Adam at Baking with Dynamite cued me in on how to properly do a squat. He's an all-natural professional bodybuilder who used to compete. If anyone knows best exercise forms and methods it's him. Thank you for all your help/advice past and future. My squats, although it's only been a couple + weeks, I'm already seeing results and the knees are definitely getting stronger: that, is the part that keeps me going to do more and more and more.....
Just out of curiousity what exercise are you bad with or let's say you neglect because of _______?

pineapple-cheddar crackers

pineapple-bacon crackers
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1 & ½ sticks unsalted butter, room temp.
1 1/2 cups extra old (at least 3 years old) cheddar, finely grated
1 3/4 cups white flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ cup finely chopped dried, unsulphured pineapple
2 TB finely chopped cooked bacon (you can add more, I just wanted a hint of bacon)
¾ cup rice crispies
(I also used a dash of half & half as the dough was really dry)

Cream the butter and cheese together at high speed in your stand mixer.
In a separate bowl sift the flour, salt and baking powder together.
To the flour mixture, add in the pineapple, bacon and rice crispies, and mix.
By hand, add the flour mixture to the butter/cheese mixture; gently combine. If the end result is too dry add in drops of half & half, bit by bit. Remember these are dry by nature, so don't make them too wet when adding in the half & half.
Turn dough out onto a large piece of waxed paper. Roll the dough into a log shape, roll the paper around it and twist the ends shut. Refrigerate for at least 45 minutes. You can freeze the dough at this stage as well.
Preheat oven to 375F. (these cook fast!)
Unwrap the dough log and, using a very sharp knife, slice the log into rounds 1/2 cm thick. Place rounds on parchment lined or greased cookie sheets and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the bottoms of the cookies are golden brown. Remove to a cooling rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
Note: when they're cooking don’t wait for the tops to turn brown, it will be over-cooked by then. You want them lightly brown. They cook fast, so when the 10-minute mark comes up keep an eye on them.

Should make about 30.

43 comments:

  1. Gotta love savory!

    Haha, "cue the rap music" - love ya, Dawn :-D

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  2. Um, yum! they almost look like mini scones!

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  3. I likely but do not know where to start.

    I hate doing squats btw. I just suck it up and do them though maybe once a month. Scratch that I hate doing legs in general. So freaking annoying. Back and chest I love doing. Arms I can stand and ohh..shoulders I love to but ever since a shoulder injury been hard for me.

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  4. I can't tell you how happy I am to have you back! :) What an interesting mix in these crackers. They look quite savory! Hmmm...what kind of exercise do I hate doing? ALL KINDS. Enough said. Lol!

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  5. Squats are a killer for me, but I gotta do them. LOL.

    I never figured to put pineapple and bacon together in a "cracker" This looks really good. I want some right now.

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  6. By the way the fur babies are all doing fine except Mocha has become VERY needy. Her IBD acts up every once in awhile but as soon as I sit down she has to get on me and knead like mad. She purrs and cleans herself and eats fine. I have been gone a lot lately so not sure if that has anything to do with it. She still hates Emma with a passion. She is fine with Quincy though. I've been trying to stay home more and pay more attention to her. She even pooped on the bed in front of me a couple times last week. Waited all day 'til I got home and did it right in front of me!! I feel horrible. I think it's all psychological or senility? She's 13 now.

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  7. What yummy savory/sweet treats! I'd love to try one, pineapple and bacon are so good together!

    I really enjoy weight lifting too, but can only make it once a week because Harvard cut their gym hours back this summer - sigh.

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  8. Pineapple and bacon? Really? Interesting combination! Almost like Hawaiian pizza ;)

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  9. Oh, and I'm bad at everything physical... even though people usually think the opposite my arms are not strong, I don't like biking because then I have pain in my legs... I'm a disaster hahaha... Oh, but I do like swimming, although I never learnt how to do it properly and when I was younger I was good at running. Always hated abs.

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  10. oh, god, dont show these to my boyfriend...

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  11. Girl! Where does your inspiration come from? What a combo of flavors!! Glad you're back it at! I have weak shoulders but I am building those babies up!

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  12. i stopped by to read about the crackers, but i had no idea you were so into fitness... wow!

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  13. I crave cheese all year round...

    These look more like crunchy scones...but I guess it would be weird to call them that, huh?

    I'm just getting back into the exercise and while I hate the treadmill, elliptical, etc, I am doing them to build my stamina so I can go back into group exercise.

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  14. Call 'em whatever you like, they look wicked good! I love pineapple and bacon together.

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  15. Hey great treats you have there, and of course for the shout out. I'm just glad I could point you in the right direction. You still deserve all the credit for still going through with that killer exercise. See, I knew your knees would get better :)

    Can cheddar really be 3 years old? I don't eat alot of cheese to be honest, so I wouldn't know.

    My least favorite exercise? Squats for me also. I literally get nervous and pace around the floor knowing I have to squat today. It's embarrassing.

    First dates with a girl? Easy. 15 rep squat day? Nervousness.

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  16. I'm pretty much a slug Dawn, other than the running around I do at the restaurant I don't do regular exercise, I use to..., ok now your making me feel guilty!

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  17. Ok..I have a few things at address here....You would make a wonderful rapper, you even rhymed w/ "Boobs in my shoes"
    I bet your ass is looking fabulous with all of your squats!
    And lastly, how am I suppose to make my ass any smaller by coming to your site and seeing this crap. Are you trying to kill me in a slow death??
    I would eat all of the damn "crackers" myself. Girl, you know I have self-control issues!
    I am sooo glad you dont live close to me because I would be stalking your kitchen!

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  18. I love crispy! As always, you created a really cool flavour combination.

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  19. I like this mix of flavors! I would never have thought to put rice crispies in. They sound so good...

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  20. Hmmm, a breakfast cracker.........

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  21. They look delicious! Interesting combination of flavors!

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  22. i get so tickled by your outrageous flavor combinations! salty, sweet, and porky--i think i like it. :)
    also, shoes are not meant to contain breasts. this much i know. :)

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  23. Tasty looking biscuits, they would be great for a party

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  24. Ooo, this is a very neat combination with pineapple and bacon - sounds fantastic!

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  25. Mmm.... bacon, cheese & pineapple?! What a great combo!

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  26. Love the crackers! We're camping again, so it's been simple meals for us, but I'll have to try these soon.

    I hate all exercise - except walking and swimming. But age is catching up, so I may have to give in once summer is over and I can breath again.

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  27. Here you go again with the sweet and salty...you evil genius, you.

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  28. Another fascinating recipe! Love it! You know I love my workouts:) Bring them on!

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  29. Oh man, Michael would love these! What a very interesting combo w. the pineapple and bacon.

    I used to hate squats with a passion too - now I just can't make myself stretch. I keep threatening to drag Michael to a yoga class once a week with me :)

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  30. You had me at bacon. These look SOOOOOO good. I really wish we were neighbors. sigh.

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  31. I love the interesting combo of flavors here! Ugh, working out is one of those necessary evils. I wish I was one of those people who adored it so I could look forward to it at least.

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  32. This is a litle gem, I actually love that combo.

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  33. I'm bad at all exercise because of crackers like these!

    We did bacon wrapped pineapple on the grill- so good!

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  34. I'm in 'maintenance' mode right now and rather happy with my overall shape - except for the water balloons that pass for my thighs. You've reminded me that squats are a good kind of hurt!

    I'm all over sweet & savory in baked goods, especially when they're fresh out of the oven. First batch of 30 for me (why I need those squats) and second for everyone else!

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  35. This is such a Dawn signature recipe. I love it! Only you, babe.

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  36. These look delicious, and I love that they're not super thin.

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  37. hey lady! I thought the cookie was very yum. My husband though it was OK he thinks mine are better (I guess I should be honored ;)).

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  38. These are so pretty! What a sweet treat!

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  39. You know i will definitely try these!

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  40. oh my, look what i missed! they almost look like scones, or savory cookies. i think cheese=comfort :) i don't do lunges b/c of my knees... now i'm curious about the chairs. how far down are you supposed to go?

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  41. wow fantastic bakes! I m drooling. Yeah don t give up at the gym :)


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  42. what an interesting combo!

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