Herbed Fruit and Nut Crisps are the perfect addition to any appetizer spread or substitute as a great snack. Dried herbs, dried fruits, and toasted pecans are mixed into a quick bread batter, baked until golden, thinly sliced, and baked once more until crispy.
Long time, no talk friends! Are you enjoying your week? Happy it’s the weekend? What do you have planned? I work today and tomorrow so Micah and I’s night out has been postponed until tomorrow. Usually I’m the one pushing to try new restaurants because it’s one of my favorite things to do. Recently he admitted that it has become one of his favorite things as well and now he just sporadically books reservations at new trendy restaurants.
As I mentioned in my last post I get a lot of inspiration from what professional chefs are whipping up in the kitchen. Not so much from other normal-folk. Pinterest? NOPE! I would burn my Pinterest feed if I could. Which brings me to the inspiration for these lovely, delicate, crunchy, slightly sweet but with a hint of savory, Herbed Fruit and Nut Crisps.
Two weeks ago Micah booked a reservation at a trendy little spot in Third Ward called Bavette. He didn’t tell me anything about it but instead used the key phrase, “They have some awesome salads though.” Friends, this means we’re going to a meat-centric restaurant. I was pumped to try somewhere new and was just happy to get out and about in this new town. Keep in mind Micah and I have been pretty disappointed with the lack of the food scene here in Milwaukee. Don’t get me wrong, it seems great for Milwaukee, but if you have lived elsewhere or traveled elsewhere you KNOW that the food is subpar at best here. Alas, there is Bavette.
It is a Boucherie which is a fancy name for butcher shop and is the exact setting of Bavette. The decor matches the theme perfectly and the menu does as well being that it is quite…meaty. While Micah was drooling onto the floor trying to decide which fleshy dish he was going to try I was scouring the multiple vegetarian options that they have. We were brought out crackers that were made in house and tucked away behind a water-cracker type crisp were these nut and fruit flatbread-type crisps that we ate in about two seconds flat. As I always egotistically say, “I can make these at home.” That I did friends, that I did.
(PS. Micah ordered the braised meatball sandwich and was practically licking the plate. I ordered the wild mushroom salad which was a mistake on my part because I am not a fan of sautéed spinach and the hot poached egg wilted the spinach just enough to make it resemble sautéed spinach. Bleh! On top of that it was supposed to be dressed with a truffle vinaigrette and was instead dressed with a citrus dressing which did not match the wild mushrooms, spinach, or white beans that were in it. Really off putting but, again, this was my own fault and I’m sure someone who loves wilted/sautéed spinach will adore this salad. We’re going back asap and if you live locally you definitely need to check it out!)
A week after Bavette I decided to recreate their crisps. Armed with a foolproof quick bread batter recipe I threw in what I believed were the flavor components of Bavette’s flatbread crisps:
Rosemary, Sage, Raisins, Pepitas, and Pecans.
I threw in dried cherries for good measure because I had them on hand and I find excuses to put cherries in everything.
After being baked in a loaf pan the loaf is allowed to fully cool before being tossed into the freezer to chill for a few hours. Reasoning? If you attempt to thinly slice a loaf bread it will crumbly and fall apart, especially because we packed it with so many goodies. Freezing it will tighten the crumb and make slicing with a serrated knife a 1,385,685,597 times easier.
The slices are immediately put on a baking sheet and put in the oven to dry out. Twice. Bake one, flip, bake again. Allow to fully cool and make sure you do not overcook these sweet and savory crisps. Serve with cashew nut cheese or goat cheese is a great option as well.
I’m dreaming about all of the possible flavor combinations that I can throw together so expect another flatbread crisp recipe popping up your way soon!
Have an amazing Friday!