Monday, May 5, 2008

Homemade Graham Cracker

I was craving for Cheesecakes and I never had it more than once. The new Cheesecake factory which is now come to "Natick Mall" (Now called "Natick Collections") tempts everyone driving through Route 9. But since me and V are now doing some cost cutting, we have been reducing our restaurant visits to almost nil. I decided to search for a good Homemade Graham Cracker recipe for the Cheesecake.

I got this very good link from "BakingSheet" who is posted a simple and eggless Graham Cracker recipe. I followed it with the exception of substituting Molasses with Maple Syrup as I did not have the former.

Here goes the recipe which you can also find at "BakingSheet"

Ingredients:

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup cold butter (if you are using food processor, its easy to use cold butter while combining), else you may use cold Margarine, or a less harder equivalent than cold butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoon Maple Syrup (Molasses)
1/4 cup cold water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Sieve together the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add the cold butter to the dry ingredients and mix until it becomes a course texture. Add the honey, Maple Syrup, water, and vanilla. Mix until it forms a firm dough which can hold itself together. Flour a parchment paper, and transfer the dough on it. Roll the dough 1/8-inch thick using a rolling pin (used to rollchapathi). Chill for at least 1 hour, until firm.

Preheat oven to 350F. Take the dough and roll it a bit more if it is not yet 1/8-inch thick. With a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut into 2-inch squares. Arrange the crackers on parchment lined baking sheets. With a toothpick, prick several holes in each cracker. Do not prick too much, just 4 rows and 3 columns, or like I have shown above in the pics.
Bake for 15 minutes, until lightly browned at the edges. Remove from the oven and let cool on the pan. Yields: 48 crackers. I have yet to prepare the Cheesecake with these Graham Crackers I made. So you expect that soon in my blog :) These are also good to have along with evening tea :) ..on a nice cloudy evening by the window side :)

Tips From "Baking sheet": If you cut the dough through but leave the squares together, you can break them up after they’re baked

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