Sesame Graham Crackers

Whole Grain Sesame Crackers-Sweet and Savory

Sweet on the left. Savory on the right.

In my research and from the recipes I've tried, I've come to the conclusion that graham crackers seem to have a wide definition. I really don't see why you can't call these graham crackers. But if it bothers you, just call it honey-sesame crackers.

When the sesame cracker recipe from the New York Times came out so successfully, I immediately started making another batch. But then I thought surely it would be easy enough to adjust the recipe to make it slightly sweet and give us a graham-cracker-feel without being ridiculously messy or too buttery to be truly healthy. Can you say happy? I mean really happy! I'm so amazed and thrilled with this recipe.

Paul did think they might have had a little bit of a burned flavor. So, I'll be careful when I'm toasting the sesame seeds in the future. Or I may not toast them at all and see what happens. Or, it could just be the fresh sesame flavor. Whatever the reason, I didn't taste anything odd. Next time, I may even add a touch extra honey just to see what happens.

And that should be a disclaimer. The honey I used is French. It's thick like molasses, has a bit of a darker color than regular honey, and when eaten straight my taste like caramel.

Sesame Graham Crackers

Based on Homemade Wholegrain Crackers from NYT

  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 and 1/8 cup sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 4 Tablespoons oil
  • 3-4 Tablespoons water

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. I recommend using a mixer or food processor to evenly distribute the honey and oil. Then, gradually add water and mix or hand kneed until dough forms a ball.

On lightly floured parchment paper or on a Roul-pat (or between two Silpats), roll the dough out. Mine became roughly 9 x 13 in size. Cut into shapes. Place on lined baking sheet close together, but not touching. Bake at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes per tray. (The original recipe says to do 15-20 and rotate the trays throughout the processes. It's easier on me as I chase Nora to just do one tray at a time.)

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