Jan 12, 2012

Homemade Graham Crackers

This recipe is from my second attempt at making graham crackers. My first attempt was successful and delicious, just a bit more time consuming than I thought it should be (recipe is here: http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/000126.html ). Plus, my hubs said the crackers weren't crunchy enough - like regular graham crackers are. So then I came up with this recipe!  I liked the flavor of the first recipe better, but I might try the one I posted below with a little bit of honey or molasses - which will hopefully add more flavor. After you make these, try some Homemade S'mores with Homemade Marshmallows! Amazing! Or just dip them in milk... equally awesome!

1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups wheat flour
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk

In a medium bowl, cream together the shortening and brown sugar. Stir in the vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, stir into the creamed mixture alternately with the milk. Cover and chill dough 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Divide dough into quarters. Place one quarter of dough onto a strip of parchment paper or a silicone mat large enough to fit on a cookie sheet. Lightly flour top of dough and rolling pin. Roll the dough out to 1/8 inch thickness. Trim sides until you have one large rectangle. With a pizza cutter, slice dough vertically into four rectangles, and then horizontally into 8 total:

Poke 9 holes (I used the back end of a little paintbrush). Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until crisp. Edges will be golden brown. Immediately remove parchment or silicone mat from baking sheet to cool on wire racks.

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