The graham cracker was originally conceived of as a health food as part of the Graham Diet, a regimen to suppress what Reverend Graham considered unhealthy carnal urges, the source of many maladies according to Graham. Reverend Graham would often lecture on "self-abuse", as masturbation was commonly called at the time. Graham would often say how these experiences were inspired by children eating crackers. One of his many theories was that one could curb one's sexual appetite by eating bland foods. Another man who held this belief was John Harvey Kellogg, the inventor of the corn flakes cereal.
So good, so easy, once you try these yummy homemade graham crackers you'll never buy that stuff in a box again.
Ingredients for homemade graham crackers: whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, salt, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, milk, honey, vanilla, and butter.
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to thoroughly mix the ingredients. Add the butter and pulse until it is the texture of wet sand and the butter is in pea size chunks.
In a separate bowl combine the honey, milk, and vanilla and whisk until blended. With the food processor running stream the liquid mixture into the dry mixture. It should come together into a dry ball.
Remove the disc and place on top a sheet of parchment paper. Top with a second piece of parchment. Roll the dough out until it is between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick.
Homemade graham crackers for the graham cracker crust in my cheesecake recipe.
Graham flour is nothing more than coarse ground whole wheat flour, with the germ and bran. So, any recipe calling for graham flour can be substituted with whole wheat flour.
If you are using this recipe to make a graham cracker crust you really don't need to trim the crackers, in step 13 above.
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