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I am on a quest…I am looking for the perfect graham cracker recipe.  I don’t need it to taste like the  processed ones in the store, but I do want it to be sweet, crisp, delicious, and of course whole grain. 

I have searched and searched, most recipes are not whole grain. So when I got the King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking Book I was so pleased to see a whole grain graham cracker recipe.  I have made it once so far.  My kids love it, but then again they aren’t very picky.

My bigger kids liked them too, but I didn’t tell them they were graham crackers…figured I didn’t need them comparing them to the store bought ones!

Here is the recipe.  I may do a little tinkering next time, more brown sugar, less white, maybe try some honey…These are not vegan, I have not tried to convert them yet.

1 Cup Whole Wheat Four (regular or white)

1/2 Cup Whole Barely Flour

1/2 Cup unbleached All-Purpose Flour

1/4 Cup Dark Brown Sugar

1/4 Cup Sugar

1 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Cinnamon

1/2 tsp Salt

1/4 tsp Cloves

1/2 Cup unsalted butter, chilled

1/4 Cup Milk

Combine the flours, sugars, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and cloves in a mixing bowl.  Cut the chilled butter into the dry ingredients until crumbly.  Add the milk and mix until you get a stiff dough…if using white whole wheat you may need a touch less milk.  Knead the dough lightly to be sure it’s smooth.  Cut into 2 pieces and flatten each into a rectangle.  Wrap the pieces in plastic wrap and chill until firm (at least 1 hour).

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease baking sheets or line with parchment paper.

Working with 1 piece at a time, turn it out onto a floured surface and roll it till it’s about 1/16 inch thick; the thinner the crispier the cracker.  Make sure your surface is well floured.  You can also roll directly on a piece of parchment paper so your don’t have to transfer it later.  Trim the edges (use the trimming later for another batch) and you will have about a 9 x 12 inch rectangle.

Cut into squares and prick with a fork, transfer to baking sheet.  This will be easy if they are already on a piece of parchment paper.

Bake until lightly browned, 12 to 15 minutes.

Cool on rack. Watch the kids devour them!

Note:  If you are into whole grain baking like I am, the King Arthur Whole Grain Baking Book is like a treasure trove of recipes.  Included are breakfasts, quick breads, crisps, cobblers, and pudding, flatbreads and crackers, yeast breads, sourdough, cookies, cakes, pie, quiche, and pastries!  I purchased mine here for about $23.  It is a huge hardback book with over 600 pages!  I use mine all the time and highly recommend it.

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We love banana bread around here, seriously dig the stuff.  I have perfected what I think is the yummiest whole wheat banana bread and it happens to be low fat too!  So if you love banana bread but want a healthy version that is moist, sweet, yummy and very bananaeee (new word, like it?) then hold onto your peels this recipe is for you!

Ingredient list:

  • 1/3 Cup Veggie Oil
  • 1/3 Cup Applesauce (I use unsweetened)
  • 3 eggs (or equivalent in egg replacer)
  • 3 1/4 – 3 1/2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour (this kinda varies depending on the size of your eggs and how runny your applesauce is)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 large mashed bananas (smashed, smooshed and otherwise mutilated bananas if you are cooking with a kid!)
  • Nuts are optional…I would suggest walnuts…if you don’t live with any nut-haters that is.

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First you start out with a good old friend…lets all give a warm welcome to ‘the New Cook Book’  by Better Homes and Gardens…although it isn’t even close to new as it was a wedding present that was given to me by my grandma 25 years ago (again let me reiterate that I was a child bride) .   Banana Nut Bread from page 51 is the starting point for this recipe.

One…ok me…must also wonder why someone would name a book ‘The New…’ anything considering that it will soon not be new and therefore it will then be a big fat liar, just a thought

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Sorry Grandma I laid your nice book on a hot burner…now this would have surprised my Grandma but since the rest of you visit here once in a while I betcha it doesn’t surprise you.  My hubby always keeps 2 fire extinguishers in our kitchen…just in case!!!!!!

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Start with the oil poured by my lovely assistant Sweet Girl

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Next is the applesauce

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Stir, stir

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Next comes the sugar, yummy

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Add eggs…

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Scoop up an egg…

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Touch the egg,  plop it down a couple of times,  poke it,  smell it,  play with it till mama sees what you’re doing and makes you stop

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Measure out baking powder, talk to mama about leavening and such…science is so cool!  Don’t forget the baking soda and salt.

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Add half of the whole wheat flour…mix but don’t over do, quick breads like to be treated tenderly, they are the princesses of the bread world.  Unlike yeast breads that  like to be slapped around a little…ok I’m stopping before this discussion evolves into something sorted!

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Have fun smashing the bananas!  Note, if you lick the bananas off your fingers make sure no one’s  watching!

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Pour in the bananas…WAIT what is that I see a tiki hut?

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Oh my goodness its a couple of Hawaiian girls and a palm tree,  you discovered my secret to super duper bread…shhhhh don’t tell!

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Stir and then add the rest of the flour, stir some more, remember gently, gently…it tastes better when you stir it wearing a groovy headband!

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Put into pans and then into oven,

no,…pour into pans and then place into the oven, pouring it into the oven is a bad idea.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 to 50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

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Fresh out of the oven…oh so pretty!  Can you smell it?  No?  Sorry just trying to torture you a little!

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Most and delicious…very, very good

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Moist and delicious with applesauce…even better!

This really is a great recipe and it can be enjoyed with little guilt (well unless you smother it with butter which I hear is good, I would never do that myself, not ever…really I wouldn’t!) This particular bread should  never be enjoyed alone though…go grab someone you love (or are wildly attracted to) and give ’em a big  kiss and share some homemade goodness with them…

BTW…if you don’t have a groovy Hawaiian plate to use you could put on a bikini and a grass skirt and I think it would work just as well. Aloha!

Kim can also be found at the inadvertent farmer where she raises organic fruits, veggies, critters, kids…and a camel!


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