S'mores, crumb crusts, a quick ice cream sandwich. All of these treats are possible thanks to a humble childhood snack: the graham cracker. S'mores probably weren't what Sylvester Graham had in mind back in 1829 when he created a "honey health biscuit" made from whole grains. Most of today's graham crackers are made from refined wheat flour. If you are on a gluten-free diet, this is a problem. However, gluten-free grahams are easy to make at home. And even if you aren't gluten-free, making homemade graham crackers is a fun—and tasty—way to experience classic graham crackers in a new way.
Brown rice flour takes center stage here. It lends a nice "grain" flavor to the graham crackers without being overwhelming. Also in the lineup are brown sugar and honey. They add a nice sweetness without turning these graham crackers into cookies. (You'll notice that this recipe is egg-free. If you are vegan or have a dairy allergy, the dairy can be replaced with dairy-free alternatives and the honey can be replaced with another liquid sweetener; I like golden syrup.) Unlike other gluten-free recipes, this one doesn't require the structure that xanthan gum provides. So, it doesn't make an appearance in this recipe.
About the author: Elizabeth Barbone of GlutenFreeBaking.com joins us every other Tuesday with a new gluten-free recipe for you. Elizabeth is an alumna of the Culinary Institute of America and Mount Mary College. With her solid professional baking background, Elizabeth is known for creating gluten-free recipes that taste just like their wheat counterparts. She is the author of Easy Gluten-Free Baking.
- Yield:about 12 graham crackers
- Dry ingredients:
- 1 1/2 cups brown rice flour
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Wet ingredients:
- 5 tablespoons butter, cold
- 6 tablespoons milk
- 3 tablespoons honey
Preheat oven to 350°F. In the bowl of a food processor, combine dry ingredients. Pulse to combine. (If you don't have a food processor, whisk dry ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl.)
Add the butter. Pulse until flour mixture is coarse. No large pieces of butter should remain. (Or cut cold butter into flour mixture with a pastry cutter, two knives or by rubbing the butter between your fingers.)
Add milk and honey. Pulse until dough forms. (Or stir using a wooden spoon.)
Turn dough out onto a lightly rice floured piece of 12x16 parchment paper.
Pat dough into a rectangle. Dust the top of the dough lightly with rice flour.
Place another piece of 12-by-16-inch parchment paper on top of the dough. Roll dough out until it covers all of the paper. Dough rectangle will be about 1/8 inch thick.
Carefully remove top piece of parchment paper.
Transfer dough, with bottom parchment paper, to a 12 x 18 baking pan.
Using a pizza wheel, score the dough into rectangles. (The rectangles should be 6 x 2 3/4 inches large for "standard" graham crackers and 3 by 2 3/4 for a "s'more" size graham cracker.) The graham crackers will break apart after baking. Do not worry if the dough seems to still be touching after scoring with the pizza wheel.
Prick dough all over with a fork.
Chill dough for 10 minutes.
Bake for 15 minutes or until evenly brown.
Remove graham crackers from the pan and place on a wire rack to cool. (I slide the parchment, with the crackers, directly onto the cooling rack.)
Allow crackers to cool completely. Break along scored lines.