Wednesday, January 27, 2010

DB: Graham Crackers


The January 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Lauren of Celiac Teen. Lauren chose Gluten-Free Graham Wafers and Nanaimo Bars as the challenge for the month. The sources she based her recipe on are 101 Cookbooks and www.nanaimo.ca.



I really wanted to make this as a gluten free version but I ran out of time and had to stick with the ingredients I had at home. I enjoyed the flavor although freezing every batch before baking was quite...well, annoying.
I don't even know how graham crackers are supposed to taste but I liked the ones I made.



I know for sure that graham crackers are a main component in smore's and so I served mine with toasted marshmallow creme and nutella. YUM.





Graham Crackers:

2 ½ cups flour (I used an equal mixture of whole wheat and regular)
1 cup (200 g) Dark Brown Sugar, Lightly packed
1 teaspoon Baking soda
3/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
100 g Unsalted Butter (Cut into 1-inch cubes and frozen)
1/3 cup (80 mL) Honey, Mild-flavoured such as clover
5 tablespoons (75 mL) Whole Milk
2 tablespoons Pure Vanilla Extract


1. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade, combine the flours, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Pulse on low to incorporate. Add the butter and pulse on and off, until the mixture is the consistency of a coarse meal. If making by hand, combine aforementioned dry ingredients with a whisk, then cut in butter until you have a coarse meal. No chunks of butter should be visible.

2. In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk together the honey, milk and vanilla. Add to the flour mixture until the dough barely comes together. It will be very soft and sticky.

3. Turn the dough onto a surface well-floured with and pat the dough into a rectangle about 1 inch thick. Wrap in plastic and chill until firm, about 2 hours, or overnight.

4. Divide the dough in half and return one half to the refrigerator. Sift an even layer of flour onto the work surface and roll the dough into a long rectangle, about 1/8 inch thick. The dough will be quite sticky, so flour as necessary. Cut into 4 by 4 inch squares. Gather the scraps together and set aside. Place wafers on one or two parchment-lined baking sheets. Chill until firm, about 30 to 45 minutes. Repeat with the second batch of dough.

5. Adjust the rack to the upper and lower positions and preheat oven to 180C.

6. Gather the scraps together into a ball, chill until firm, and reroll. Dust the surface with more flour and roll out the dough to get a couple more wafers.

7. Prick the wafers with toothpick or fork, not all the way through, in two or more rows.

8. Bake for 25 minutes, until browned and slightly firm to the touch, rotating sheets halfway through to ensure even baking. Might take less, and the starting location of each sheet may determine its required time. The ones that started on the bottom browned faster.


14 comments:

  1. the crackers look PERFECT....

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  2. Oh I'm so going to make s'mores soon. Never tried them before but this is the 2nd post I've seen today and I am itching to try it. Love that shot of all the gooey goodness oozing from the crackers!

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  3. Me too, I didn't know how the wafers supose to taste. But I loved mine. About my food processor, the best is it doesn't need any electricity. ;-)

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  4. Oh my gosh ! I am hungry !!! Thank you for this wonderful recipe ! I created my own blog a few weeks ago and I put a link to your blog which I find so beautiful and interesting... Do not esitate to visit my blog www.pillowkitchen.com ! Thanks again for the recipe, all the recipes !

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  5. Gorgeous pictures...and great idea! We loved our crackers to bits..literally!

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  6. Yes, having these graham crackers on hand means some very quick and satisfying desserts. I love how oozy and decadent these look. I think the graham crackers would be better with wheat flour anyway — better dough texture and no odd aftertaste, like the gluten-free version.

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  7. They're super s'mores. Yum!! Great job with my challenge =D.

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  8. Look at that oozing creme - yum yum yum!!!

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  9. Yum. Your smores look and sound delicious. Nutella on everything is a brilliant idea. Yumm!!

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  10. Great idea to use the wafers with marshmallow and nutella.

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  11. Absolutely scrumptious! Nutella is a food group in our house, so this idea looks amazing. Great job on the challenge!

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  12. Those look delicious! I never thought to use nutella instead of a chocolate bar. I'm definitely trying that next time!!

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  13. Even though I don't know how yours tasted like, I can tell you that yours look 10 times tastier than supermarket kind. :)

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