Hey everybody! I hope my fellow American readers are having a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July today! (And that all my non-American readers are having a good Wednesday so far.) Today is the first Wednesday of the month, time for another Gluten Free Ratio Rally. This month we took on the task of adapting Crackers and Breaksticks.
I decided to go the sweet route this month and make gluten free graham crackers. I always loved the molasses taste to graham crackers, and the crunchy texture of them as well. They're perfect for delivering cream cheese and other spreads to your mouth, but more importantly awesome for Smores! What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July!
The ratio for graham crackers is:
|From dry and wet ingredients...|
|To an extremely sticky dough...|
|To a rolled out sheet of dough ready to be cut.|
Makes: about 30 3x3 crackers
Active Prep Time: 40 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 4 hours
Bake Time: 15 minutes
100g sweet rice flour
75g brown rice flour
50g millet flour
75g tapioca flour
75g potato starch
2 tsp xantham gum
175 g dark brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
100g cold butter, cubed
75g 2% milk
2 tbsp gluten free vanilla
In a large bowl, mix together the flours, starch, gum, sugar, and soda until combined. Cut the cold butter into the flour until the butter is well distributed throughout the flour. You'll expect to see small pea sized amounts of butter throughout the dough.
Whisk together the honey, milk, and vanilla in a separate bowl. Gradually add to the flour, and stir until well combined. Expect a sticky dough. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 4 hours.
Preheat the oven to 350F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Split the dough into two halves. This makes it easier to work with before the dough warms up. Keep one half in the fridge. Cover a cutting board with a piece of parchment paper, and generously flour with tapioca flour. You'll need to do this or else the dough will stick to the paper. Believe me. From this point on any rolling pins, knives, or fingers need to be dusted with tapioca flour before touching the dough or else they will stick. Roll out one half of the dough until it is a thin sheet of dough. You'll want about 1/8th of an inch thickness. If you don't have a ruler, use the nail of your pinky finger as a good gauge. If the dough is thicker than the length of your pinky finger nail, it needs to be thinner.
Using a knife dusted with flour, cut the dough into squares, about 3 inches by 3 inches. Transfer to the baking sheets. Once all the dough is cut, repeat the rolling and cutting for the second half of dough. Place the cut dough in the fridge for about 10 minutes before placing in the oven (this helps them keep their form). Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, and you'll have gluten free graham crackers.