If you have never tried homemade graham crackers, well shame on you. Once you eat a graham cracker homemade from scratch that isn’t picture perfect, you won’t want to eat the pale version you buy in the store. My husband loves them with a glass of milk. Even my neighbor who questions everything homemade said they were really good. That is high praise believe me. Come along with me and we will make a delicious graham cracker.
Ingredients: 1 Cup all-purpose flour, 3/4 Cup whole wheat flour, 1/2 Cup rye flour plus little more for dusting. 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1/4 Cup packed brown sugar, 3 Tablespoons cold unsalted butter cut into cubes, 4 Tablespoons shortening, 4 Tablespoons honey, 2 teaspoons vanilla, 1 teaspoon sugar
Combine flours, salt, baking, baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and brown sugar in a bowl. Add the butter and shortening. Cut the butter and shortening into the mixture, just like you would if making a pie. It will be crumbly which is what you want.
Combine 1/4 Cup water with honey and vanilla. Stir until all is dissolved. Add to your flour mixture. Combine everything together until a ball is formed. Refrigerate for 2 hours and up to 3 days.
Take dough out of refrigerator 20 minutes before using. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut dough in half. Put half the dough between two pieces of way paper dusted with rye flour. Roll out to an 1/8 of an inch. Using a knife, crinkle cutter or pizza wheel to cut 2 x 3 rectangles. Use a spatula to separate the rectangles from the wax paper. Do not grease the baking sheet you will be putting them on. Repeat with the rest of the scraps and dough. Using a fork prick the dough several times.
Bake for 15 minutes or until starting to brown around the edges.
If you want cinnamon and sugar graham crackers do the following. In a small bowl combine cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle the crackers and prick the dough several times with a fork.
Makes around 40 crackers. Store up to 4 months. If the crackers start to lose their crispness, just pop in a 375 degree oven for 5 minutes.
Did I mention how wonderful the house will smell while these are baking? It is an added bonus.