29 Aug

Homemade Graham Crackers (S'mores Part 2)

homemade s'mores

Homemade Graham Crackers (S'mores Part 2)

As promised, here is part two of the homemade marshmallows recipe that was posted on Tuesday. Homemade marshmallows are delicious and definitely a treat to have around the house. But, what would a s'more be without the graham cracker?

When I was much, much younger, I had a best friend whose mom would give us graham crackers sandwiched with leftover homemade frosting. I still love it to this day!

Grocery store graham crackers can be very dry and crumble when sandwiched with marshmallows and chocolate. Homemade graham crackers have the same crispness, but also have a slight chewiness that holds up well in the s'more. I know what you're thinking; homemade marshmallows and graham crackers... are you a crazy food blogger or a pastry chef that doesn’t sleep?! Neither! Both recipes only take about 1 ½ hours to prepare, combined, and will last for up to 5-7 days. Now you have a treat that you can very easily “prepare and forget.”

I hope you enjoy these as much as my family and friend have!

homemade graham crackers

Homemade Graham Cracker Recipe

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

Yields 24 graham crackers

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons (375 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup (176 grams) dark brown sugar, lightly packed
1 teaspoon (6 grams) baking soda
3/4 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt (4 grams)
7 tablespoons (3 1/2 ounces or 100 grams) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes and frozen
1/3 cup (114 grams) mild-flavored honey, such as clover
5 tablespoons (77 grams) milk, full-fat is best
2 tablespoons (27 grams) pure vanilla extract

Topping (optional)
3 tablespoons (43 grams) granulated sugar
1 teaspoon (5 grams) ground cinnamon

Directions:

Make the dough: Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade or in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Pulse or mix on low to incorporate. Add the butter and pulse (on/off on/off), or mix on low, until the mixture is the consistency of a coarse meal.

[Alternately, if you don't have a food processor or electric mixer, you can cut the ingredients together with a pastry blender. Just make sure they're very well incorporated.]

In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, milk, and vanilla extract. Add to the flour mixture and pulse on and off a few times or mix on low until the dough barely comes together. It will be very soft and sticky. Lay out a large piece of plastic wrap and dust it lightly with flour. Then turn the dough out onto it and pat it into a rectangle about 1-inch thick. Wrap it, then chill it until firm -- about 2 hours or overnight. Meanwhile, prepare the topping, if desired, by combining the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and setting aside.

Roll out the crackers: Divide the dough in half and return one half to the refrigerator. Sift an even layer of flour onto the work surface and roll the dough into a long rectangle about 1/8 inch thick. The dough will be sticky, so flour as needed. Trim the edges of the rectangle to 4 inches wide. Working with the shorter side of the rectangle parallel to the work surface, cut the strip every 4 1/2 inches to make 4 crackers.

Place the crackers on one or two parchment-lined baking sheets and sprinkle with the topping. Chill until firm, about 30 to 45 minutes in the fridge or 15 to 20 minutes in the freezer. Repeat with the second batch of dough. Finally, gather any scraps together into a ball, chill until firm, and re-roll.

Adjust the oven rack to the upper and lower positions and preheat the oven to 350°F.

Decorate the crackers: Mark a vertical line down the middle of each cracker, being careful not to cut through the dough (again, this is for the traditional cracker shape). Using a skewer, prick the dough to form two dotted rows about 1/2 inch for each side of the dividing line.

graham crackers

Bake for 15 to 25 minutes, until browned and slightly firm to the touch, rotating the sheets halfway through to ensure even baking.

To assemble s'more: Sandwich two graham crackers with one homemade marshmallow (you made on tuesday) and one square of good chocolate!

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