Sunday, January 9, 2011

midwinter s'mores

Last summer some friends were planning a day at the beach and asked our family to bring something for roasting marshmallows. Our first thought involved sharpening some willow twigs, but soon we had another whim and were making a run to the thrift store for 10-cent forks.

In a few minutes, these:
became these:
As things turned out, fire permits were not being issued that day. We held a regular potluck at the beach and stored the willow forks in the garage until the other day when, upon cleaning the pantry and finding graham flour (why would I have bought graham flour?), I decided to make graham crackers.

Alton Brown's Graham Crackers (slightly amended, based on reader comments)
8-3/8 ounces graham flour
1-7/8 ounces all-purpose flour
3 ounces dark brown sugar
3/4 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
3 ounces unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes and chilled
2-1/4 ounces honey
1-1/2 ounces whole milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
Place both flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon into the bowl of a food processor and pulse several times to combine. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles cornmeal. Add the honey, milk and vanilla extract and process until the dough forms a ball, approximately 1 minute. Press the ball into a 1/2-inch thick disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Unwrap the chilled dough and place it onto a large piece of parchment paper and top with a second sheet of parchment paper. Roll the dough out until it is 1/8-inch thick (or even thinner—the kids and I preferred thin, crisp crackers, while DH liked them thicker and chewier). Slide the rolled dough and parchment paper onto a half sheet pan. Remove the top sheet of parchment paper and cut the dough, using a rolling pizza cutter, into 2-inch square pieces, by making vertical and then horizontal cuts all the way across the dough. Trim off any excess. Using a fork, poke holes all over the top of the dought. Leave the crackers on the pan and bake on the middle rack of the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the edges just start to darken. Remove from the oven, set the sheet pan with the crackers on a cooling rack, and allow to cool completely. Once completely cool, break into individual crackers and store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
That evening, we built a fire in the fire pit and finally got to use our willow-and-thrift-store roasting forks.

It wasn't quite a summer cookout on the beach, but s'mores are always a treat—the more so with these very easy homemade graham crackers and free-trade chocolate.


  1. Cutest forks ever!

    Is there a reason for willow besides that you have one? They are beautiful.

    And, of course, my mouth is watering. Thinking about chocolate covered grahams now ...

  2. That was the reason: we have trees, and they produce those nice, thin twigs. :)

  3. Now that is just heaven! Those roasting fork-twigs are brilliant! I love that you just got an idea, and made them!

    I also love Alton Brown, I must try making these graham crackers.

  4. Sam, my kids loved the graham crackers, and they're very fast--I was making them constantly for a few days. :)

  5. So delicious! I haven't had s'mores since late October.. I definitely want to try out that graham cracker recipe! And those forks are just so creative!

    I'm not actually sure how I got to your blog but I'm glad I did.. I want to learn more about need felting I've never heard of it.

  6. Thanks for stopping by! The graham crackers are really quick and easy--I recommend them. :)


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