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.
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
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?
Just a quick little post, but one that's jam packed with goodness. I've been so so busy these past few days baking these (look below) yes all those cookies, that I haven't had time to post anything. So since Valentines is coming very soon I thought I'd post a little inspiration for some of your valentines baking needs.
1. cake truffles. 2. classic sugar cookies with royal icing. 3. Flickr fun (part of my 365). 4. Lolli pop brownies (use a round cutter and pop a stick on the end and vola) and chocolate pots de cream. 5. Conversation heart cookies and icing hearts.
P.S. I'm trying the 'bigger picture' thing.... hope it works!
Spring is in the air. With the sun shining, melting snow slowing fading away and birds coming out of hibernation we can finally start to shed our winter wear and get outside. Soon enough we'll be able to enjoy picnics in the park, ice cold lemonade on a hot summer beach day and lazy days spent reading under the shade of a favourite old tree.