Thursday, August 14, 2008

Homemade Graham Crackers

Another one from my email. I'm not sure I'd tackle this but, maybe

Homemade Graham Crackers
This recipe clones the "honey" variety of graham crackers (that's the plain, most
common variety). If you want to clone the "cinnamon" variety, drop down
to the "tidbits" below.

1/3 cup shortening
3/4 cup plus 1 tbsp granulated sugar
3 Tbsp honey, warmed
1-1/2 tsp vanilla
1-3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1-1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp water

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. combine shortening with sugar, honey (warmed
for 20 to 30 seconds in the microwave), and vanilla in a large bowl. blend
with an electric mixer until smooth. combine flours, salt, baking powder,
and baking soda in another large bowl, and then add the dry mixture to the
wet ingredients and blend well with an electric mixer. Slowly add the
water to the mixture while beating. you may have to mix by hand until the
mixture forms a large ball of dough. divide the dough in thirds and roll
1/3 out in the shape of a rectangle that is at least 1/16 inch thick on
wax paper. This dough should be paper thin! It will double when cooked to
the desired 1/8-inch thickness. use a knife to trim the dough so that it
has straight edges in the shape of a rectangle slightly smaller than the
size of the baking sheet you are using. Grease the baking sheet with a
light coating of shortening. turn the dough over onto the baking sheet,
and carefully peel away the wax paper. Use a knife to score the dough in 5
x 2 3/8-inch rectangles. Use a toothpick to poke holes that are 1/4-inch
apart across the entire surface of the dough. Bake for 22 to 24 minutes or
until the dough begins to turn light brown around the edges. be sure to
turn the baking sheet around about halfway through the cooking time. Cool
the graham cracker sheets before breaking them apart along the scored
lines. Repeat the process with the remaining dough.

Makes 44 crackers.

Tidbits.... if you would like to clone the cinnamon variety of graham
crackers, simply combine 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon with 2 tablespoons
granulated sugar in a small bowl. before you put the graham cracker dough
in the oven, sprinkle a light coating of this cinnamon/sugar mixture over
the top surface of the dough. Shake the baking sheet around gently to
evenly distribute the cinnamon/sugar and bake as instructed.