Monday, February 15, 2010

lazy days

honey crackers
Today is family day here in Canada, out of all ten provinces and three territories only two of them get this holiday in which you are supposed to spend time with family. I'm home alone and well, loving it. So far I slept in, made my self coffee, bacon, eggs and toast, lazed about in front of the TV then decided I needed to make graham crackers. I've been wanting to make these cookies for some time, but the lack of food a processor has somewhat stalled me. Now with a shiny new one... well you can guess just what I did.

wildflower honey graham crackers

honey graham crackers
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup of brown sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp butter, cut up, chilled
1/3 cup honey
2 tbsp good quality vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk
topping
5 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Combine flour, brown sugar, butter, baking soda and salt to the bowl of the food processor. Pulse on and off until the mixture is the consistency of course meal.
Whisk together the milk, honey and vanilla in a small bowl, slowly add to the flour mixture, pulsing until the dough just come together. It will be quite soft and tacky. On to a lightly floured surface, work dough into a rectangle, wrap in plastic wrap and chill until firm, or overnight.

Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
Divide the dough in half, return one half back to the fridge for another round. On a lightly floured surface roll out dough to about 1/8 inch thick. Cut long 1 inch strips with a sharp knife or pastry wheel cut the strips into 2 inch cookies. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment, prick each cookie with a fork the sprinkle the sugar cinnamon topping and bake for 10 min in a preheated oven set to 350 F.

The rest of the day will be spent getting back into a mystery novel that has stolen some of my time, listening to vintage horror radio on my ipod, cooking up something amazing for dinner and catching an old flick.
I know my friends in the U.S get presidents day off today. So what did you do? Perhaps a lazy day also?

25 comments:

El said...

I had no idea Canada had Family Day. Sounds wonderful. I'm really glad you posted this because I've been looking for a good graham cracker recipe for a long time. Thank you and enjoy your vintage radio shows!

gine said...

mmm those look lovely :-)!!! hope you're doing fine!! XOXO

Bob said...

I've never done homemade graham crackers before. Looks great!

337 Greenwich said...

These look wonderful! I love graham crackers and was wondering about making them at home. I may have to try these :-)

Valerina said...

Graham crackers are the perfect snack to keep all to yourself. Congratulations on your new kitchen toy! :D

Vanessa said...

I've always wanted to make Graham crackers myself - those look like heaven! gorgeous pictures; so you managed to upload bigger ones, what do you have to do? I'd love to have some lazy days this week but will have to wait for the weekend.

ChichaJo said...

You're lucky to have such a holiday! I love lazy days such as the one you described...tucked into bed with a good book, and maybe some of those graham crackers :)

Ash said...

Thanks everyone, although i think these graham crackers turned out more like ginger snaps (minus the ginger of course) more then the actual crackers, but they did taste very good!

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Hilary said...

I had forgotten about Family Day. What a whackjob idea what was - "We'll create this great day that people can spend with their families, but it won't be a holiday for federal workers so they won't get the day off and they'll have to arrange childcare for their kids." Great idea!

You sure know how to spend a holiday, though. Homemade graham crackers - awesome. And these photos are just lovely!

il ramaiolo said...

very good!!! Ciao!! Bravissima!

hannah | honey & jam said...

hello, beautiful! those look terrific and are so, so cute! I’ve been meaning to make homemade graham crackers for ages, I think I’m going to try out your recipe!

Erika from The Pastry Chef At Home said...

Your photos are always so natural and beautiful! I love that about your blog.

I've never had the desire to make graham crackers. I have no idea why...but now I do!

ps: I recieved the same Italian coffee maker as a gift last summer and I want to marry it - that's how much I love it! :)

grace said...

homemade graham crackers? excellent! they look quite perfect--nicely done.
meanwhile, i'm not ashamed to say that every day is a lazy day for me. :)

Amanda said...

I made graham crackers a while back and I wasn't terribly impressed with them. I don't think I rolled them thin enough or something...

That said, your Family Day sounds fab and I kinda wish we were real life buds because I would have loved to crash your hang out day.

Heavenly Housewife said...

I have been wanting to try to make my own graham crackers for ages now but haven't got around to it. These look wonderful.
*kisses* HH

apparentlyjessy said...

New toys in the kitchen is the best huh! I wish we had a family day holiday here...I love lazy public holidays!
Hey, vintage horror radio sounds interesting...did you find that on itunes?

Megan said...

I never thought of making homemade graham crackers before but YUM-i bet the flavor is just so much better than the ones you'd buy in the store. These would make the ultimate s'more!

Chef Chuck said...

I love graham crackers!
We all need them every now and then, lazy days~~ I smell that bacon!

Carrie said...

I'm loving the idea of "Family Day". Wish they had that here in the US.... These graham crackers look delicious. Can't wait to make them.

Y said...

They look great! I tried my hand and making them for the first time last month - it was also the first time I'd ever tasted them, so was actually quite surprised at how similar they were to gingersnaps (without even having any ginger in them!).

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Family day? Sounds like something we would have in Nigeria.....not here in the Netherlands though.

A day well spent, I must say, looking at the graham crackers!

Megan Gordon said...

I'm happy you stumbled across my blog because that led me to yours...what beautiful photos (and food, of course). You have quite an eye. I'm excited to try these graham crackers and explore your work more. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

There are four provinces, at least, that have Family Day - BC, AB, SK and ON... I suspect MB may be on board as well. It started in AB, spread to SK and then BC and ON.

Ash said...

Thanks Anonymous. I even googled it before.. once again google as let me down. haha