Homemade Graham Crackers

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:: Graham Crackers ::

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Adapted from King Arthur Flour

  • 2 cups (8 ounces) Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1/4 cup Sucanat
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup butter or coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup (3 ounces) honey
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons (1 to 1 1/2 ounces) milk (approx.)
  • additional milk for glaze
  • cinnamon-sugar (optional)

In a mixing bowl, combine whole wheat flour, sucanat, salt, cinnamon and baking powder. In a separate bowl, beat egg till light, then add butter, honey and 2 tablespoons milk. Stir into dry ingredients until you have a fairly stiff dough, adding additional milk if necessary. Wrap dough in waxed paper and chill until firm, about 1 hour (or longer, if it’s more convenient).

Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead gently until it holds together. Roll dough out till it’s about 1/16-inch thick; make sure rolling surface is well-floured, or you’ll have trouble transferring crackers to baking sheet. Alternately, you can use a pasta machine to roll out your crackers. This makes the whole process a lot easier.

Preheat your oven to 375Β°F. Cut dough into 3-inch squares, or use a cookie cutter to cut into any shape you please. Prick each square several times with a fork, and place on lightly greased cookie sheets. Brush the tops with milk, sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar if you’re so inclined, and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until crackers are lightly browned. Remove crackers from oven, transfer to a wire cooling rack, and cool completely. Store in an airtight container. Makes about 2 dozen graham crackers.

Honey Pecan Pear Bread


What a wonderful match of fall flavors! A while back Mom bought two lugs of pears, and we have been patiently waiting for them to ripen. Now they’re ready, and we have to deal with those two lugs of pears. NO problem! We froze some, dehydrated others, and turned them into jam. And I couldn’t help but put them into this scrumptious loaf!

: : Honey Pecan Pear Bread : :

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups (9.5 oz) Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped peeled pears
  • 2/3 cups chopped pecans, toasted

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350Β° F. Grease an 8 x 4 x 2-in. loaf pan. In a large bowl, combine honey and butter. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add sour cream and vanilla; mix well.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cardamom and cinnamon. Gently fold into the wet ingredients just into moist. Fold in the pears and pecans.

3. Pour into the prepared loaf pan. Bake in preheated oven for 60-75 min or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Serve with butter, cream cheese, pear jam, or a combination.