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Try Something New! Graham Cracker Edition

When I read a post where the first thing the author does is make an excuse, I have to admit it is a huge turn off.  Julia used to say something to the effect of don’t make excuses for your food whether it’s bad or good, everybody already know’s. Well, Julia, true that but sometimes life just rushes by and you get behind.  The ironic thing is I have been writing like crazy, because I have so much to say!  It’s the cooking and picture that seem to set me back.  So here I am to catch up and I think this first one is a good one.

We finally got a little cold snap her in Los Angeles.  I love to think that means we can have a fire in the fire place and snuggle up.  I mean what else can you do when it is 50 degrees out (pause for groan from the east coast)? A fire in the fireplace almost always means S’mores.  So tonight it meant making my own graham crackers.


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I don’t know why I wanted to make my own graham crackers. There was something so intriguing to me. I imagined it would be very complicated so it never occurred to me that I would share it here, under try something new. It was super easy!

I went looking for “Graham” flour. Guess what? Its really just whole-wheat flour that is not sifted during the milling process and is ground coarsely. You can find graham flour in some health food stores. For my purposes I used plain whole-wheat flour. I started with a recipe from King Arthur Flour Company. I made the first batch exactly as directed. One of my daughters is not a big cinnamon fan and I thought it could be a little more “wheaty” so I made some adjustments and the following is my recipe. It really is simple.

My advice is to be patient when rolling out the dough. You do want to get them very thin. You also will want to have a ruler handy, if measuring out as squares, which is the proper graham shape. I admit I got bored of that and made some squares and some circles with a biscuit cutter. Finally don’t forgo the pricking with a fork. This helps them keep their shape, without puffing up.

Homemade Graham Crackers
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Homemade Graham Crackers
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Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Combine whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon and baking powder in a medium bowl. I used a stand-up mixer fitted with a dough hook.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, oil, honey and milk. Blend into flour mixture, until a ball starts to form. Add an additional tablespoon of milk if necessary.
  3. Wrap and chill the dough for about an hour. Turn the chilled dough out onto a lightly floured board an knead gently for 5 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 375°. Grease or line with parchment, 2 baking sheets.
  5. Roll the dough to 1/16"; make sure the board stays floured so the crackers transfer easily.
  6. Cut the dough into 3X# square and prick them with a fork several times. Place on prepared pans and brush tops with a little milk. You can sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar, if you wish.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned. Cool completely, on rack. They will keep well wrapped at room temperature for a week or freeze for up to 3 months.
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A Last Minute Valentine Toast to Love!

Okay calm down! It is the afternoon of Valentine’s Day and you haven’t planned anything yet. It’s never too late to put something together. Get a pen and paper and make your list.

Your first stop in your local grocery store. You’ll need:

a box of powdered sugar

whole milk

whatever red cake decorations or candy they have left

the best milk chocolate they have (bar or chips)

a bag of mini marshmallows

graham crackers

Your next stop is to your nearest donut shop, to get plain cake donuts. You may want to see if you can pick up flowers somewhere too. However, if you are going for the puppy dog, “I forgot” appeal, pick flowers from your yard or somebody else’s.

Now that you are home, get out whatever oven safe pan you have and grease it. If you bought a chocolate bar, chop it up and put it in the bottom of the pan. For the chips just pour them in and melt them in a 325 degree oven. Give them a little stir every so often. Melting should take about 10 minutes.

When the chocolate is melted, pour the mini marshmallows over top and put them back in the oven, except under the broiler. Watch them closely and let them get to a nice toasted brown. Remove from the oven and serve with graham crackers, broken into sections, as a dip. If you have strawberries put these out with the dip to add color and romance.
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You’ve got the first great surprise for your Valentine. For another cute gift, lets decorate donuts! Mix together ¾ cup powdered sugar, sifted, and 1 Tablespoon whole milk. You can add more milk, a teaspoon at a time, if you feel it is too thick. Just be careful, you don’t want it to thin out too much. You can also double the recipe if you need more. I like to leave the glaze white. You can add a couple drops of red food coloring, if you prefer.

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Dip the donuts, in a swirl motion, in the glaze and place on a rack to catch drips. While the donuts are still damp, sprinkle with your red decorations and let dry completely. I think it’s cute to package them in some sort of craft box. You can get them at Michael’s. You can even wrap an open shoebox in valentine paper. Just make it your personal creation.

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You are all set! Have a fabulous day or evening! And don’t forget to toast to love! XO.

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