Chili and Chocolate Crackers : party savers !
Whenever I see a TV programme about horse riding, it brings back the stories of my grandfather and his cavalry days. What I remember, listening to his life stories was not that romantic as the films usually show.
It required much more strength, endurance, stability and dedication than we ( at least me) could imagine. Most of the times, the guys were hungry, thirsty and homesick. Crackers and home made sausages were very carefully kept in the saddle bags. But, in most of the cases, the bags were almost empty.
Incredible but true, in spite of being Italian, my grandfather was a quiet person; can you believe that ? So there was not a lot to say from his side. Most of the time he was sitting in the stable next to his horses. That is the picture of him imprinted in my mind. From my adult point, today, I think he was talking to them, like all of those horse whisperers so nicely showed in so many stories.
Because of all those childhood memories, crackers have very specific meaning for me, being a lifesaving stuff for the generations that passed away.
These Chili and Chocolate Crackers are not life but party savers, of course I am sure if my grandfather would have a chance to taste them, he would down Grappa afterwards, wipe the mouth and return to the stable.
- 1 cup flour
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- ½ tsp chili powder
- 1 ½ tsp bitter cocoa powder
- Cinnamon powder to taste
- 3 Tbsp sunflower oil + 1 Tbsp to oil the baking paper
- 4 Tbsp milk
- 1 egg
- In the medium sized bowl, mix all the ingredients. I do it using hands.
- Leave the pastry to rest for 30 minutes if enough time.
- Preheat the oven to 180 C / 356 F.
- Cover the flat baking dish with baking paper.
- Oil the paper and roll the pastry on the paper to get 10 x 10 inches dimensions.
- Oil the rolling pin also, to make the rolling easier.
- Bake the pastry for 15 minutes.
- Take the pastry out and cut the slices when still warm.