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.)