This recipe was originally published in the Food Network Magazine and is a great alternative to a traditional PB&J sandwich. These are healthy, homemade crackers with real fruit. Add in the protein from the peanuts, and you have a very healthy lunch! Best of all, this recipe is super easy to make and the kids will just love it!
½ c all-purpose flour
3 T rolled oats
¼ c whole-wheat flour
½ t table salt
3 t unsalted butter in pieces
1 T light brown sugar
2 T roasted peanuts (finely chopped)
¼ c peanut butter
3 T granulated sugar
2 T milk
½ c dry red wine
15 lg red grapes (seedless and halved)
1/3 # soft cheese, such as camembert or brie
1 sm sprig of thyme
You will need a food processor. Combine flours, brown sugar, table salt, and oats in processor and pulse until all ingredients are combined. Add butter and pulse until you get the texture of fine sand. Then add milk, peanuts, and peanut butter. Continue to pulse until mixture begins to clump. Remove mixture from processor and form into a ball. Dust counter or rolling board with a light coating of all-purpose flour and knead (about four or five times). Roll the dough out into a log of about one foot long by about an inch thick. Wrap the dough in saran wrap and place in refrigerator for about two hours.
Oven should be preheated to 375 degrees. Use parchment paper to line two baking sheets and slice dough into quarter inch pieces. Place them on sheet about one inch apart. Place in oven and bake for about ten to 12 minutes. Crackers will be golden brown when they are done. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
While crackers are cooking, you can make the glaze for the grapes. Combine wine, thyme, and granulated sugar in a small saucepan. Heat on medium flame until mixture reduces and has consistency of a heavy syrup. This should take about ten minutes. Remove thyme, add a pinch of kosher salt, and the halved grapes. Coat grapes in mixture and remove from heat to cool.
Spread the soft cheese on each cracker and then top with a grape. It is that easy!