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?