March ’11: Honey Graham Crackers

Graham flour is a combination of fine-ground white flour and coarse-ground wheat bran and germ.  This recipe uses whole wheat flour to substitute for it.  I haven’t buy any graham crackers (including the honey teddy bears😕 ) for many years because the store-bought ones are made of partially hydrogenated oil (big no-no), plus they pretty much just use white flour and completely rip off the whole grain nutrition that real graham crackers should have.  I sprinkled a cinnamon-sugar mixture to the crackers to give it a nice cinnamon honey taste🙂 It tastes really good, you can taste the honey and whole-wheat.  It’s not as bitter as the other whole wheat crackers I made in the last two months, but that’s just because this is a sweet cracker.  However it is a tad bit too sweet I think so maybe I’ll reduce or just omit the amount of sugar in it.

Ingredients:

Whole wheat flour…………………………………….2 cups
Unbleached all-purpose flour……………………1 cup
Baking powder…………………………………………..1 teaspoon
Baking soda……………………………………..…………1/2 teaspoon
Butter, softened…………………………………………1/2 cup
Packed brown sugar…………………………………..1/2 cup
Honey…………………………………………………………1/3 cup
Vanilla extract……………………………………………..1 teaspoon
Milk……………………………………………………………..1/2 cup

Directions:

Sift together the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder and baking soda; set aside.

In a medium bowl, cream together the margarine, brown sugar and honey until light and fluffy. Stir in the sifted ingredients alternating with the milk and vanilla. Cover dough and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Divide the chilled dough into quarters. On a well floured surface, roll the dough out one quarter at a time into a 5×15 inch rectangle. Divide into rectangles using a knife. Place rectangles onto ungreased cookie sheets. Mark a line down the center of each one, and prick with a fork. For a cinnamon flavoured cracker, sprinkle with a cinnamon sugar mixture before baking.

Bake for 13 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from baking sheets to cool on wire racks.

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