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I am so happy to be guest posting here at A Mom with a Lesson Plan! We got to know each other through a blogging network, and since I had just started homeschooling my 4 year old daughter, I got hooked immediately. When Jillian asked if I would like to guest post on her blog, I wondered what I could contribute (as a food blogger). How about an easy snack that you can make with your kids? So with that, I bring you Fannie Farmer’s Homemade Graham Crackers:
These are so easy to make and you can let your kids stir some things up (and maybe even roll the dough) and they can have lots of fun doing it! After mixing up the ingredients, roll the dough into a ball and proceed to roll it out with a lightly floured rolling pin. I like to use a silicone baking mat when baking because it makes everything sooo much easier! Roll it on the mat and put the mat directly on the cookie sheet (up to 450 degrees).
If you want to make it really fun for the kids, get out your cookie cutters – whatever shapes you want. If you want to go the more traditional route, that works too!
After about 15 minutes in the oven, you are left with graham cracker goodness!
I thought these were slightly less sweet (I used cane sugar) than the boxed grahams we all know and love, but if you can get the thickness right, they are a good substitute. I will say however that if you have a picky little one who is a name brand junkie, these may not fit the bill for them – but they come in a close second! I found graham flour at Whole Foods, but you can substitute stone ground whole wheat to get the job done. Dunk away!
Fannie Farmer’s Homemade Graham Crackers
4 T (1/2 stick) butter, softened
6 T sugar
4 T honey
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp water
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup graham flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Combine the butter, egg and sugar in a bowl and beat until smooth and creamy. Stir in the honey and blend.
Dissolve the baking soda in the water and add to the butter mixture.
Add the salt, graham flour, and all-purpose flour to the mixture and blend thoroughly. The dough should hold together and be manageable. If it is too “tacky” add a little more graham flour.
Liberally dust a surface with graham flour and roll the dough to a thickness of about 1/8 inch. For convenience in handling, cut the rolled dough into three or four sections that will fit on your cookie sheet.
With a knife, score the dough, without cutting through, into 2 1/2 inch squares. Prick each square a few times with the tines of a fork.
Using a spatula, place the sections of scored cracker dough on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake on the first side for 8 minutes, then turn the cracker over and bake for another 6 or 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on racks.
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