Thursday, June 2, 2011
Homemade Graham Crackers
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup milk
1 tbsp molasses
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp ground flax seed
In a small bowl, mix together oil, honey, milk, molasses and vanilla. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of the flour, baking powder and flax. Add wet ingredients and mix together. Slowly add the remaining flour, 1/4 cup at a time, until the dough is no longer sticky.
Roll out the dough as evenly as possible directly onto a greased baking sheet. Non-rimmed is best, but if you have rimmed sheets like mine, just flip it over.
Use a pizza cutter to divide the dough into squares and trim the edges. Save those scraps of dough for later!
Poke holes into the dough with a fork. Cole took charge of this part. Should I be concerned he took so much joy in stabbing something repeatedly with a fork? Ok, I admit it, it was kind of fun.
Bake at 350F for 10-15 minutes until lightly browned. I found the pieces on the edges were done at 10 minutes, and the middle pieces took a few minutes longer.
While you're waiting for them to bake, have some fun with the leftover scraps of dough. It makes perfect edible playdough for the kids, because there's no raw egg in it so it's safe to eat it. We made dough balls and they were quite tasty.
And here is the finished product...freshly baked graham crackers.
This is the point when Cole told me he didn't like graham crackers.
I tried to make them a little more enticing....
...by adding nutella and mini-marshmallows, then warming it all up in the microwave so it was nice a gooey. Mmm, microwaved smores. One of these days the weather will warm up here and then we'll have real smores. I'm still waiting.
The nutella smores were great, but you can only eat so many of them, so I had to think of another creative way to get the kids to eat graham crackers. I found a recipe on allrecipes called Apple Graham Dessert, made with graham crackers and applesauce. I thought it was a little mushy but the kids loved it.
And that concludes our graham cracker experience. I hope you'll have a great time with this recipe too, just in time for smore season.