Sunday, June 22, 2014

Secret Recipe Club: Homemade Graham Crackers

I am not entirely sure what I was thinking participating this month or even sticking with my group this month....and here I am Sunday night, 8:45pm writing my post. June has been HECTIC, CrAzY Busy and on June 1st I said "is it July yet". Our oldest graduated last Thursday and today we hosted her graduation party. And our youngest started Drivers Ed. Aarrgh! 

But I love being a part of The Secret Recipe Club and really don't like to miss it. So here I am at the last minute! However, I did NOT wait till the last minute to make my recipe and I also ended up making two recipes, but I didn't really like the pictures from the first one so I opted to make another. They were both amazing! Oh, you'd like to know who my "secret" blog was and what I made? Okay!

For my secret blog, I was assigned Lynsey Lou's. Take time to browse her About Me page, I think you'll like what you read. She loves cooking and being inspired by other cooks. The two recipes I made were her White Chicken Enchiladas  and her Homemade Graham Crackers . They were both wonderful recipes! I will share the recipe for the graham crackers and you can go to the link for the enchiladas!

Ingredients:

2 c. unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 c. + 2Tbs. whole wheat flour (or you can use all white flour if you want)
1 c. lightly packed dark brown sugar 
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
7 Tbs. unsalted butter, cut in to 1" cubes and frozen
1/3 c. mild flavored honey
5 Tbs. milk
2 Tbs. pure vanilla extract

Instructions:

1. In a food processor fitted with the blade attachment combine flours, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Pulse a few times to incorporate the ingredients. Add the frozen butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. 

2. Combine honey, milk and vanilla and stir to combine. Once combined add to flour mixture and pulse a few times, allowing the dough to barely come together. The dough will be extremely soft and sticky. 

3. Spread a large piece of plastic wrap on counter and dust liberally with flour. I had to work the dough a bit with my hands to get it to come together well and hold its shape. Turn dough out on to plastic and pat gently pat to form a rectangle that's about 1" thick. Wrap rectangle in plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

4. Divide dough in half. Place one half on a well floured surface, wrap the other half and put back in refrigerator. Roll dough to a 1/8" thickness. The dough may be sticky so add flour as needed. You can use any type of cookie cutter, or cut in to traditional "cracker" rectangles. I opted for both rectangle and circles. The circles were my favorite. 
5. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Sprinkle with sugar, cinnamon sugar and (I totally missed this next step) and place in the refrigerator for 30-40 minutes or freezer for 15-20 minutes. Repeat with remaining dough. Prick the dough with a fork or skewers.

6. Preheat oven to 350. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned and slightly firm to touch. Baking times will vary. 

These are good on their own and with s'mores. 

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With Joy UNquenchable,

14 comments:

  1. Sounds like you've had a busy month, to say the least. Congrats on your oldest graduating...and good luck with your youngest and driver's ed. I'm so glad you enjoyed the enchiladas and crackers! Everyone is always so impressed when I bring homemade graham crackers to a gathering (for a s'mores bar of course), they just can't get over the fact that they are homemade and the flavor is just incredible!

    Thanks for your kind words, you are too sweet! Hopefully things will calm down for you soon! Happy reveal day

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  2. I've had Lynsey's blog before and made two things from it too. Both amazing. I have no doubt the enchiladas were too. (Photographing enchiladas isn't easy!)
    These graham crackers are beautiful and don't look too difficult. I might just have to give them a try!

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  3. I am amazed that in the middle of so much activity you managed to make such a complex recipe and all... WOW! Great job!

    I love these crackers and had never seen a recipe for making them from scratch, so I am pinning your post right away!

    Have a wonderful Reveal Day, hope you can find some time to browse through the collection of recipes, our Group has some tasty things going on...

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  4. Great recipe. I love making things at home that I would normally buy in the store. I am always impressed by how much better it tastes!

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  5. I earmarked this recipe too, when I was assigned Lynsey's blog. Thanks for the reminder to make them - they look pretty easy and so good! Great pick this month.

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  6. Now I want a s'more! These look awesome! Great pick this month :)

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  7. Yum! I always wondered what it was that made grahams taste like grahams! So cool that you can make them yourself. :)

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  8. Those edges are so perfect! Love the scallops! So much better than store bought.

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  9. I completely understand what you mean about participating this month. I actually made, wrote and photographed my post this morning. Talk about panic! I was only 12 hours late. LOL!!!
    These homemade graham crackers look so good. I must try this recipe! Pinning :)
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

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  10. S'mores with homemade graham crackers. Yes, yes, and yes!! Great pick!!

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  11. We can't get graham crackers in New Zealand and I often come across them in recipes. Great to come across a recipe for making them. Excellent choice.
    Sue

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  12. I just tried making a recipe similar to this and it was absolutely delicious. I"ll never go back to storebought again. Great choice this month, they turned out beautiful!

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  13. Yum! I haven't tried making homemade graham crackers before. Yours look great! I definitely need to give them a try.

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