Everywhere I turn this summer people are talking about garlic scapes; the tops of garlic plants that look like fat chives with small white bulbs at their tips and I guess inside these bulbs contains seeds or maybe garlic powder ha ha ha. –One thing for sure, they are lovely to look at and remind me of Swans perhaps it is the startling white and beak-like pointiness of the bulb.
This whole garlic scapes thing started a few weeks ago when I posted a photo of my Dad’s garlic plants and soon after people started emailing me and suggested I roast them, some people said that scapes taste like a combination of artichokes and asparagus with a tinge of garlic, others insisted I make pesto, some suggested I stick them in my ears and other places.
Well, I guess there are a million things one could make with scapes, and you can even buy them at certain Wholefood Stores, but I was thinking of making crackers with them only for the mere fact that I like crackers. I also had some pine nuts that were begging to be used, so I decided to make, “scape pine nut crackers” and here is how I did it.
First I placed in my food processor two tablespoons olive oil and about eight scapes (about five to four inches with their small bulbs) and ground them until a smooth oily paste formed. Scapes are tad fibrous so makes sure you blast them in the food processor for a while. You want 1/3 cup of this scape mixture.
2 1/2 cups flour (plus more if needed and rolling out)
1 t teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1/3 cup pine nuts
Sift the flour, salt, and baking powder into a bowl and add the butter and cut it into the flour until it resembles coarse meal. Add the milk, parmesan, egg, pine nuts, and scape paste and mix until you have a stiff dough. Add more flour if mixture is too wet. Knead the dough thoroughly and then roll out the dough thin, don’t worry about crushing the pine nuts and some will pop out, but just stick them back in and tell them to behave. Cut the dough in squares, small discs or other fun shapes and place on a cookie sheets (I lined my sheet pan with parchment paper) Prick the crackers with a fork and then bake in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes, or until they are lightly browned. Sprinkled the crackers with coarse salt.