Birdie, Want a Wheat Cracker?
Polly the parrot may be happy with any kind of crackers, but my pet cockatiel Birdie has a more discriminating palate. Wheat Thins are the only crackers good enough for her. Today I am baking a batch from scratch, but will they pass the Birdie taste test?
Birdie came to us from a friend, who had Birdie for a few years when she decided to also get a cat. You can probably imagine what happened next. Think Sylvester the Cat and Tweety Bird. My friend’s cat is even black, and Birdie is bright yellow. However, in this story the bird isn’t quick enough to outsmart the cat.
One morning my friend didn’t get the cage door completely latched after feeding the bird. Later that day, she returned home to find both bird and cat sitting on her steps. The cat looked guilty, and the bird was covered in blood. My friend called the vet immediately. The vet asked if the cat was OK, assuming the bird was a goner and the cat may be choking on it.
After a check up, Birdie was deemed fine minus a few tail and wing feathers. My friend’s husband, however, was no longer fine with having both a bird and a cat under the same roof. He insisted one of them must go – the bird, the cat or him. To save a marriage and a bird, I agreed to take in the bird temporarily until a permanent home was found.
When my friend gave Birdie to me, she mentioned how much Birdie loved Wheat Thins. Throughout the bird’s recovery, I would feed her the crackers by hand and she loved it. By the time her feathers grew back, I was attached and her temporary home at our house became a permanent one.
The Moral of the Story
A bird in the hand may be worth two in a bush, but a cockatiel who loves wheat crackers is priceless.
About the Recipe
The homemade Wheat Thin cracker recipe I made was from the blog Tracey’s Culinary Adventures. I made the recipe as described. The flavor was right on mark, but I didn’t roll the crackers thin enough to be crispy. The texture was more like a soft graham cracker than a crisp Wheat Thin.
The Cast of Characters
Recipe: Homemade Wheat Crackers
Summary: Wholesome cracker with wheat flavor
Ingredients and Instructions
For the complete recipe, please visit Tracey’s Culinary Adventures.
- About the rolling: For crispy crackers, roll them as thin as possible. I used the first setting on my pasta roller, and they were about ¼ inch thick. Next time I think I’ll use the second or third setting to make them even thinner – and crisper.
- About the seasonings: I wouldn’t change a thing. The ingredient proportions in Tracey’s recipe are an exact match in flavor to the store bought Wheat Thins.
Baking time (duration): 10 minutes
Number of servings (yield): 8 (about 48 crackers)
Meal type: snack
Here are a few other wheat cracker recipes I found before deciding on Tracey’s version. Like Tracey’s recipe, they all seem to be based on the same recipe from King Arthur’s cookbook. If you try these other variations, let me know what you think.
- Homemade Wheat Thins from Oh She Glows
- Homemade Wheat Thins from Kitchen Stewardship
- Homemade Wheat Thins from Tammy’s Recipes