Homemade Graham Crackers and a Nutella Sundae!

by Michelle on September 17, 2009

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On twitter, I innocently mentioned that I make a double batch of breadsticks/crackers every ten days or so. Then Heather, aka @bodaciousgirl, said that I should try my hand at Graham Crackers and recommended Alton Brown’s recipe. WOW, I never thought to make Graham Crackers before! How fun is that!!!

And to make this recipe even more exciting, I cut some of the crackers with a cookie cutter and some with my new Pasta Bike! More on the Pasta Bike below in my “Gadgets That Work”.

Well one thing lead to another and before I knew it I had made a Nutella Sundae which was a perfect compliment for the crackers! I wish I had thought to sprinkle some cinnamon sugar on the graham crackers. But I think I will make some Graham Crackers for my Christmas Cookie Baskets so will add the cinnamon sugar at that time. Then again maybe I will add some holiday sprinkles as well..you all know how I love to sprinkle!

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Graham Crackers
Recipe adapted from Alton Brown

8 3/8 oz or 1 3/4 c graham flour
1 7/8 oz or 1/3 c plus 1 1/2 TBL all-purpose flour
3 oz or 1/2 c dark brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 ounces unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes and chilled
2 1/4 oz or 3/8 c molasses
1 1/2 oz or 3 1/4 TBL whole milk
1/2 teaspoon 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 molasses, 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 the 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. 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 dough. Leave the crackers on the pan and bake on the middle rack of the oven for 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.

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Nutella Ice Cream Sundae with Graham Crackers

Vanilla Ice Cream
1/2 c Nutella
1/4 c. cream

Topping:
Whipped Cream
Fresh Raspberries
Graham Crackers
Graham Cracker Crumbs
Fresh mint leaves

Heat the cream in the microwave about 25 seconds. Pour the hot cream over the Nutella and blend. Quickly drizzle the warm Nutella over the ice cream. Top with whipped cream, a sprinkle of graham cracker crumbs, fresh raspberries and a sprig of fresh mint. Serve with some of the homemade Graham Crackers.

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A Pasta Bike…wow what the heck is that?

But it did not take me long to figure out that this was one gadget that I had to have in my kitchen! I’ve only had my Pasta Bike for 2 weeks and I’ve already used it twice, most recently to cut the above homemade Graham Crackers.

Pasta Bike

As you can see from the pictures you can easily remove some of the 9 cutting wheels to cut a large variety of shapes. For the Graham Crackers I removed all the wheels except for 3 to cut squares but this would also be the configuration for cutting lasagna noodles!

Pssssst…I know I gave the link to Amazon.com for the Pasta Bike but I bought mine on Ebay, new in it’s original box, for $18.99 which included shipping!

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Comments

  • Alexandrine September 17, 2009 at 7:54 am

    hummmmmmm!!! can I come for tea time ????????

  • Carol at Serendipity September 17, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Michelle,
    This summer I bought a jar of Nutella – it is still in the cupboard because I forgot what I was going to use it for. Now I know!

    And the Graham Crackers are wonderful.

    Beautiful photos as usual.

    Carol

  • Sarah M September 17, 2009 at 11:24 am

    That sundae looks divine! I need to try this asap. Good work!

  • Kate September 17, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    I have never made my own graham crackers. These look delicious. I just got a jar of Nutella…I believe I have found a great way to use it! Thank you.

  • TheTinyJEWELBox September 17, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    those look YUMMY!!!

  • Danielle September 17, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    How cool! you made your own graham crackers! and with nutella? omg!

  • Queen B. September 18, 2009 at 12:49 am

    OOOO MY GOSH THAT LOOKS SOOOOOOOOO GOOD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • AlmostVegetarian.com September 18, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    That is so gorgeous. All you have left to do now is make your own Nutella! I do and it is silly easy (but you don’t have to tell people that!).

    Cheers.

  • Natashya KitchenPuppies September 18, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    I just want to dive head first into that gorgeous plate of food! So decadent and delicious.
    ps, so glad you love your pasta bike!

  • ButterYum September 18, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    I keep meaning to make graham crackers, but I never seem to remember to give it a try. I really love the way you cut and decorated yours! Love the pasta bike too… this is the first time I’ve seen it, and I’m a kitchen nut!

    Take care,
    ButterYum

  • Sara September 18, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Just found your site and I’m so impressed with your graham crackers! What a great idea to match with some specialty tea for a great gift idea! Thanks!

  • author September 18, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Really interesting about the pasta bike. Your crackers look so good. I tried to make whole wheat crackers the other day and they didn’t turn out so well so I may try these:)

  • Michael Lee West September 18, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Nothing is better than homemade graham crackers. And I loved hearing about the pasta bike.

  • Mary September 18, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    I’m checking my drawers to see if there is enough room for another gadget. Your graham crackers look wonderful. I can’t wait to give them a try. They were a childhood favorite.

  • Diann @ The Thrifty Groove September 18, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Wow, both the graham crackers and the sundae look awesome! I just might have to give making graham crackers a try! Thanks for posting this!

  • Libby Murphy September 18, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Oh wow what a great idea – homemade graham crackers!!! See the book,The Bread Makers Apprentice with Lavish Crackers – I love that book and the photographer who shot it is doing my current book. He’s so wonderful.
    I’ll be back to your site.
    Happy Twirls

  • Alea September 18, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    I have never made home made graham crackers. I will have to give it a try! I love making things from scratch because then I have complete control over the ingredients.

  • Cass @ That Old House September 18, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    We’ve had a half eaten jar of Nutella here since buying it when several French friends of my daughter’s visited — now I know what to do with the rest of it! (they liked it on their crepes!)

    Graham crackers look great — how cute they would be at Christmas. Lovely color!
    Cass

  • bj September 18, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    I bought my first jar of Nutella at the first of the summer.
    I never thought to put it over ice cream…
    Thanks for the cracker recipe!

  • ~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ September 18, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Graham crackers always bring back memories of being a kid in Sunday School when we got a cracker for a treat! Thanks. Love the gadget.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  • Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction September 19, 2009 at 1:24 am

    Love the homemade graham crackers… and on a Nutella sundae? Can it get any better? Looks so good!

  • SnoWhite {Finding Joy in My Kitchen} September 19, 2009 at 1:24 am

    I’ve been wanting to try his recipe! Glad it’s tasty. Can’t wait to make these.

  • Karen at Nittany Inspirations September 19, 2009 at 2:14 am

    I have never bought nor eaten Nutella. I think I may have to get some.

  • Poppedijne September 19, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    As a Belgian I never knew what Graham crackers where. Now I finally know. I looks a bit like the cookie we make and we call” speculoos”.It is also with butter and dark sugar and cinnamon. The only question know is what is Graham flower???

  • Jane (Frugal Fine Living) September 19, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Your graham crackers and sundae look delicious!

    Jane

  • Julie September 21, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    Looks amazing!
    I made my own graham crackers a few months ago and thought they were yummy! But they weren’t as pretty as yours.

  • Kayte September 26, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Oh, those graham crackers look so pretty and also they look very tasty, too! I love the pasta bike, who knew about such a thing??? I’m probably going to need one of those soon, don’t you think? Nice job on the graham crackers.

  • Ezzie January 12, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    What great recipes and I love the pasta bike! I will have to add that to my gadget want list!

  • Cristie January 12, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    After making the whole wheat crackers we decided that we needed to make graham crackers, so glad to find a recipe here on your blog- I know it will be perfect. I do love that pasta bike.

  • CMC January 14, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    yeah…would like to have a pasta bike now that I see you can remove some of the discs to make it more versatile.

    Everything on your site always looks so good…and beautiful.

  • drew January 21, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    These look great! I watched Alton make them last night, and graham flour was on my list. Now I have to make them for sure.

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