Five Spice Spelt Crackers

Those spelt crackers with distinct aroma of 5-spice powder that adds a delicious spicy kick and crumble texture that melt easily in the mouth and keep you wanting more and more.

  1. Whisk together spelt flour, five spice powder, Parmesan and poppy seeds in a mixing bowl. Rub in duck fat until the mixture is crumbly. Add in ice water, a little at a time, until the mixture becomes a dough ball.
  2. Wrap the dough with plastic film and chill for 2 hours. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 160C/325F. Remove the dough from the fridge. On a floured surface, roll it into a rectangle about 2mm thick.
  3. Cut out individual crackers about 5cm across with a sharp knife and arrange them on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Turn the crackers over and bake another 5 to 10 minutes. Cool the crackers on a rack.


Rosa's Yummy Yums 6/3/11 11:54

I love that addition of five spices! Great crackers. Surely very addictive.



My Little Space 6/3/11 11:56

Wow, you have tempted me to make some crackers. So thin! Must be very crunchy. Thanks for the recipe. Hope you're enjoying your weekend.
Blessings, Kristy

mariatem 6/3/11 12:40

Que ricos, para un aperitivo son ideales.

CaThY 6/3/11 12:54

yummy looking crackers! Btw, duck fat sounds interesting to me :)

kitchen flavours 6/3/11 12:58

Looks delightful and addictive! Am not familiar with duck fat. Do they sell it in cans or you got to make your own? ... just curious!

Angie's Recipes 6/3/11 13:04

@kitchen flavours I got it from the supermarkets here. They are usually in plastic container.

Umm Mymoonah 6/3/11 13:08

Finally I have seen a perfect recipe for crackers, looks perfect. I can happily munch this any time.

busygran 6/3/11 13:44

These crackers look nice and crispy. Wondering if I can substitute poppy seeds with sesame seeds as poppy seeds are banned in S'pore. Could I use some other fat instead of butter?

Anncoo 6/3/11 13:49

I love these crackers, crunch and crispy. Very deicious!

Sharmilee! :) 6/3/11 13:54

Luv crackers....this one with spices looks very nice

Jeannie 6/3/11 14:07

First time I heard of duck fat being used in crackers! Interesting and look so crispy thin!

Angie's Recipes 6/3/11 14:13

Yes, black sesame seeds would be fine, just taste different. Shortening or margarine should work too.

Joanne 6/3/11 14:18

I love that these whole grain flour! The five spice must add such a nice flavor.

Parsley Sage 6/3/11 14:19

These look ace! I'm not the worlds best baker but luckily this recipe looks dummy proof. Must try it! Thanks so much for sharing!

Belinda @zomppa 6/3/11 14:37

Another beautiful recipe. That duck fat must add so much depth.

Christine@Christine's Recipes 6/3/11 14:46

Very clever addition of 5-spice powder to the crackers. Love them!

pigpigscorner 6/3/11 15:39

I can smell the spices from here!

girlichef 6/3/11 16:22

These sound fantastic, Angie. I love the five-spice powder and poppyseeds...and I'm always looking for more uses for spelt flour. :D

Ana Rita 6/3/11 17:06

Looking god this crackers.....Can i change the flour, because i don't like spelt?


Katrina 6/3/11 17:12

These look very tasty and like they have a wonderful crunch!! Yum! ♥- Katrina

aipi 6/3/11 17:27

These crackers sound so flavorful n addictive! I could grab a few anytime!:)

US Masala

Kate @ 6/3/11 17:32

Two key ingredients that I'm in love with - poppy seeds and parmesan! Delicious!!!

Chef E 6/3/11 17:46

These look incredible Angie. I love crackers, the crunch!

Kumi 6/3/11 19:44

I was just looking for a recipe that uses spelt flour! This looks really good.. Thanks for sharing!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 6/3/11 21:12

I love a spicy cracker! These sound like a tasty and hearty cracker.

Anna's Table 6/3/11 21:13

Angie, you always have such interesting ingredients in your recipes. The duck fat and five spice seem like a good flavour combination for your savoury crackers. Perfect appetizers to accompany cocktails.

Carolyn 6/3/11 21:31

Ah, there are the crackers you mentioned on my blog. They look delicious!

Fimère 6/3/11 21:41

des gâteaux à croquer je t'en piquerai bien un
bonne soirée

Priya 6/3/11 22:24

Feel like munching some, love the addition of five spices,beautiful crackers..

Barbara 6/3/11 22:35

These look delicious, Angie. What a great idea to use 5 spice powder.... and oh that duck fat!!

Jennifurla 6/3/11 22:54

The texture here looks great, love all the speckles. I also love to make a home made cracker. So nice to tell guest what they are eating is all home made

Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen 6/3/11 22:58

These look sooo fabulous! I absolutely love crackers! Thanks for sharing :)

Gloria 6/3/11 23:25

These crackers look absolutely delicious! gloria

claudia lamascolo 7/3/11 02:00

now this is quite impressive homemade crackers! wowow~

Joy 7/3/11 02:04

The crackers looks great.

Claudia 7/3/11 03:16

I could seriously eat a pound of these. Love the spices and oh my - with duck fat! These are elevated into a higher realm of crackers.

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook 7/3/11 03:18

Great looking crackers, I love that they have spice to them!

Maria 7/3/11 04:26

I'm a huge fan of spelt so these sound really perfect!

Monet 7/3/11 05:55

Oh yum! These look and sound great, Angie. I love how you used spelt and duck fat. What a unique combination! Thank you for sharing! I hope you have a happy week. Your posts bring me joy...thank you for being you!

She's Cookin' 7/3/11 06:16

Normally I like my crackers with a definite crunch but the essence of five-spice powder and a crumbly texture that melts in your mouth sounds divine! Saw your gorgeous photo on Tastespotting, too :)

Lora 7/3/11 08:19

Love these. Another great idea for something to do with all the dinkel products so readily available here in Germany.

Min {Honest Vanilla} 7/3/11 09:40

Oh I love that extra touch of spice! Mmmm sounds super yummy~ I'd definitely want more than just one!

Lauren 7/3/11 13:48

Great idea. I'm always stumped what to do with my 5 spice powder, now I know. These seem they'd be good even sans condiments

5 Star Foodie 7/3/11 14:36

These crackers sound wonderful, very flavorful with five spice!

Elisabeth 7/3/11 15:10

These addictive, and delicious crackers would disappear in my household within 5 minutes. Love the addition of the five spices, perfect flavor, and texture. Yumm!


I can see how these would be lovely. LOVE 5 spice!

FOODESSA 7/3/11 15:57

I always see the 5 spices at the store, and have yet to pick it up. Making these crackers could certainly coax me into putting it on my grocery list ;o)

Ciao for now,

Sarah Naveen 7/3/11 16:38

Beautiful clicks as always..looks so yumm!!

Mary 7/3/11 17:10

These sound really delicious. There are not a lot of cracker recipes around so it is always nice to have another to ad to the files. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Krishnaveni 7/3/11 17:13

wow, delicious crackers, looks beautiful

Victor 7/3/11 17:55

It's funny that you use duck fat. I recently had a discussion with my Taiwanese friend about its purpose and both of us did not know how to use it, so we bought it anyway. Now that you mention, I'll give it a try.

Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) 7/3/11 18:43

Wow, these are quite the creation! I bet they taste just heavenly. They look perfectly thin and crispy. Great job, Angie!

Stevie 7/3/11 18:46

I've never made crackers before. I do really enjoy them, though. The five spice powder must give them a distinctive flavor. I can only imagine how delicious they would smell fresh from the oven. I'll bet that they would be excellent with a triple cream bree.

Mother Rimmy 7/3/11 20:07

I love making my own crackers - there's no preservatives that I can't pronounce. I haven't tried making them with five spice, but I love the idea!


Juliana 7/3/11 21:12

Angie, love the idea of using the 5 spice powder and parmesan...looks delicious and SO SO tasty. Have a great week ahead :-)

sweetlife 7/3/11 23:08

five spice and duck fat, oh the perfect cobo for a tasty cracker...yum


Raina 8/3/11 02:03

Love these! They must taste delicious. I want one with a big piece of cheese:)

Pacheco Patty 8/3/11 03:12

I love spelt flour and the five spice powder, what great flavors in a homemade cracker. The speckled color looks good, kind of rustic. I would love to try one;-)

Cake Duchess 8/3/11 03:46

These crackers are so tempting! Love the spices and they must be just delicious:)

Jess @ Bakericious 8/3/11 08:19

looks great, my fil sure gonna love it.

Preserved and Pickled 8/3/11 08:19

Ahh! I have some duck fat in the refrigerator and a friend who will only eat spelt breads. CANNOT wait to try this recipe with all the great reviews.

Abhilash Pillai 8/3/11 11:38

never had crackers before. Your recipes are interesting and a veriety to me.

Ivy 8/3/11 12:58

Ha, ha great synchronization. I was already on your blog to post a comment and was google searching to see what the five spices mix is and saw that you left a comment on my blog:)
The crackers sound amazing with the spices (although the link I found had seven spices in it). I think I would prefer butter rather than duck fat.

Rebecca from Chow and Chatter 8/3/11 14:32

lovely crackers and what a cool idea to add five spice

Susi 8/3/11 15:24

The five spice along with the duck fat make these crackers sound wonderful. What a great combination!

Cheah 8/3/11 16:05

Those crackers look so crunchy and must be real aromatic with the 5 spice powder!

michelangelo in the kitchen 8/3/11 16:30

Your spelt crackers look absolutely crackling and delicious! I've got to get myself some spelt flour for special recipes like this one. Brilliant idea to put 5 spice, this makes it so unique all together! Can't wait to have a taste! Cheers!!!

Tiffany 8/3/11 16:31

I've yet to make my own crackers... this is a great recipe!

Lynda 8/3/11 16:51

Your crackers look amazing...I've never tried to make crackers before, so I'm very impressed! Great recipe.

Karen 8/3/11 17:34

Awesomeness in a cracker! I love the 5-spice powder in these. They look seriously addictive. :-)

Nadji 8/3/11 17:54

Ces craquers sont délicieux.
J'aime beaucoup ce mélange d'épices.
See soon.

Magic of Spice 8/3/11 22:53

Wonderful recipe, they look perfect!

Fimère 8/3/11 23:56

ils sont à croquer, j'adore
bonne soirée

briarrose 9/3/11 01:54

What lovely crackers. The five spice powder is an interesting touch.

Maameemoomoo 9/3/11 01:55

Ooh la la!!!

From the photos itself, i am able to tell that it has got melt in the mouth texture. Power you! Hehe. Looks like my kind of crackers!

Shelia 9/3/11 02:01

Hi Angie! OH, these look wonderful! I've never tried to make crackers before but these sure do look tasty! Thanks for popping in to see me.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Indie.Tea 9/3/11 05:00

Yum! Five spice is delicious, and it must be phenomenal in a cracker...

Gloria 9/3/11 13:10

I love these crackers cookies special for my kids! thanks by sharing, gloria

Suchi 9/3/11 14:16

I love crackers of all kinds- Angie, the five spice crakers look swell- gotta try this one!

Biren @ Roti n Rice 9/3/11 15:58

This is such a wonderful idea! It sounds delicious!

Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels 11/3/11 01:10

Wow these crackers look so good and I love how you used five spice powder. I have yet to make my own crackers but so want to. After seeing your gorgeous crackers, I think it's about time I make my own. :)

A Canadian Foodie 12/3/11 21:48

DUCK FAT???? I have it - but in crackers? OOOOOH, ANgie - I love this recipe you little sinner, you!

Stephanie 13/3/11 02:07

These crackers look amazing. Five spice in a cracker alone would be tasty, but adding duck fat must add so much flavor!

Malli 14/3/11 16:43

Talk about indulgence duck fat and five spice---- Oooooh!!Wish I could eat one:)

Anonymous 10/4/11 17:21

I live in the US. If I can't find the spelt flour, what flour can I use??

Angie's Recipes 11/4/11 06:41

@AnonymousNormal all purpose flour will work too.


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