How to Make Graham Crackers

I have always wondered how to make Graham Crackers and finally came across a recipe and guess what……they taste just like store-bought graham crackers!   Once again I left the topping off, but if you want the total graham cracker experience, sprinkle on the topping!

Graham Crackers

  • 2 1/2 cups plus 2 TB all-purpose flour (I used 1 cup whole wheat as a substitute for 1 cup all-purpose)
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 tspn baking soda
  • 3/4 tspn coarse sea salt or kosher
  • 7 TB unsalted butter, cut into 1″ cubes and frozen
  • 1/3 cup clover honey
  • 5 TB milk
  • 2 TB vanilla extract

Topping – 3 TB granulated sugar and 1 tspn ground cinnamon

Combine flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt in bowl of mixer.  Mix to incorporate.  Add butter and mix on low until consistency of coarse meal.

In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, milk and vanilla extract.  Add to the flour mixture until dough barely comes together.   It will be quite sticky.   Lay on large piece of plastic wrap, dust with flour, form into rectangle 1″ thick.  Wrap and chill for 2 hours or overnight.

When ready to make crackers – roll out half the dough; returning other half to chill.   Layer down the flour (very sticky to work with until you get the flour integrated in).  Roll dough 1/8″ thick.   Cut the dough into squares and place on baking sheets.  Chill again for 30-45 minutes.   You can use the knife and make line indents to resemble the graham cracker look (see pictures).

Bake 20-25 minutes on 350 degrees depending on thickness.   Watch carefully so they don’t burn!  I created some shapes with cookie cutters.

Head on over to Munchie Monday to see more recipes or add one of your own!   Enjoy!!

 

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I am sharing the recipe for Apple Rolls which I made for the first time yesterday.  I will include the drizzle or topping but I have excluded it from my own rolls simply because of all the added calories.



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—- Apple Rolls —-

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 2 tsps sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup shortening or margarine
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 3 Golden Delicious or Rome apples

Sift together flour, baking powder, sugar & cream of tartar; cut in shortening/margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add milk, stir until dough forms ball. Set aside while you grate apples.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough out on floured surface to 1/4″ thick rectangle. Spread apples over dough; sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg. Roll up and slice into 1″ slices.

Place slices cut side down on cookie sheet. Pour syrup over at this point if you are using. Bake 55 minutes.

Syrup – Combine 2 cups sugar, 2 cups water, 3/4 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp ground cloves. Boil 5 minutes; remove from heat and add 2 TB butter.

I spent a good part of the day working on my Chocolate creations.  Do you like Chocolate?   Which type do your prefer?   Vote for your favorite here!

Update – Working on a separate blog to host Munchie Monday … should be easier to participate.   Any comments, please let me know!  Thanks!!

Food Focus or Munchie Monday!

Eat healthy!  

I think those two simple words are tattooed on my brain and will be there forever!   I am constantly aware of what I eat, how much and how good it is for me … it’s not really an obsession, just an awareness thing.   How can I say it’s not an obsession?   Simply because I don’t abide by those two words as an obsessive person would.   The holidays are now well past and I can honestly say “I did not Eat Healthy”.   The few extra pounds can verify that fact and although it may not all be the eating thing – lack of outdoor activity may factor in somewhat … I am betting all those calories consumed helped boost along this weight gain.   Last year about this time I found Spark People – which is an interactive website which helps you track your calories and activities.   I highly recommend it – I even purchased the book which was brand new to the market.   I did Great and felt Great …. I may head on back there for a refresher!

Recently, I discovered another site that has me heading back for more – this time for recipes and a theory they call “healthified”.   You can listen to the explanation here – a simple concept of reducing some of the fat and extra calories in foods we eat.   What I initially planned to post today was a few recipes from the site Eat Better America, cook a few up and post pictures.  

Then … Another idea came to me!  As I was catching up reading posts from fellow bloggers, my creativity alert went off (the very one that loves to play hide and seek with me!) and the idea came from this post over at Piglet in Portugal.   She even suggested a name for me “Munchie Monday”!   Her “Foodie Fridays” feature recipes she would like to try and has received help with suggestions from some of her readers.   An excellent way to learn and try some new recipes!

So my thought was to create a Linkup for Munchie Monday and invite readers to post their recipes to share.   Checking with my account, I see there are some changes being made and I need to do a little further investigating.   Hopefully, by next Monday I will have a plan in place!  

Thank you to Piglet in Portugal for that spectacular idea and I must go do some more blog reading to see what all the rest of you creative folks are up to!       Tonight’s dinner will be Healthified Ravioli and Squash Toss  … easy enough!