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Old 01-17-2008, 05:34 PM   #1
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Smile What are Graham Crackers?

Being outside the US and Canada I am unfamiliar with Graham Crackers, but so many delicious recipes I find include them. Could someone please help me with understanding what they are. Are they sweet or savoury, what we call crackers are savoury biscuits that you can place savoury or sweet toppings on and biscuits are your straight sweet or chocolate biscuits. I have been told they are made out of an oatmeal type flour is this correct. I am wanting to try the recipes but have been unsure on how to substitute, any help would be most appreciated. tks

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Old 01-17-2008, 05:43 PM   #2
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Being outside the US and Canada I am unfamiliar with Graham Crackers, but so many delicious recipes I find include them. Could someone please help me with understanding what they are. Are they sweet or savoury, what we call crackers are savoury biscuits that you can place savoury or sweet toppings on and biscuits are your straight sweet or chocolate biscuits. I have been told they are made out of an oatmeal type flour is this correct. I am wanting to try the recipes but have been unsure on how to substitute, any help would be most appreciated. tks
Hi Cath,
take a look here and see if this helps..
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Old 01-17-2008, 05:58 PM   #3
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I didn't realize graham crackers were so "localized".
Maybe they can be considered an American cuisine
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Old 01-17-2008, 06:17 PM   #4
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Wink tks kadesma

I think they are close to our "Shredded Wheatmeals" so I will try those and let you know how I go. I find it hilarious with all the different names we all have for our biccies.... we have: Tim Tams (oooh, ask any australian and you will get the same answer), Iced Vo Vos (sort of sweet base with marshmellow on top) and Morning Coffees (great with my skim decaf cappuccino from Starbucks).
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You have a Starbucks?
I haven't even been to a Starbucks yet
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Old 01-17-2008, 06:39 PM   #6
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Smile yep...

sure do picanis.

I have one about 7 mins drive from my home and also one 2 mins walk from where I work.

Where are you - PA - Pennsylvania?
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Old 01-17-2008, 07:09 PM   #7
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Hi Cath, they are sort of sweet. I am from Canada and live in the UK and I read your post and was reminded of something delicious from my childhood. Another thing is that Graham Cracker crumbs are sold and are used as the basis for things like cheese cake. I hope that helps.

For the record, crackers are also something savoury for us, but this particular type happens to be sweet. I would try and describe the taste but I can't remember - I just remember loving Graham Crackers. They have molasses in them, which I believe you might call 'treacle'. Sort of like Gingerbread, without the Ginger. - does that help?
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From Wikipedia: The graham cracker was developed in 1822 in Bound Brook, New Jersey, by Presbyterian minister Rev. Sylvester Graham. Conceived of as a "health food", it is more like a digestive biscuit than a cracker. The true graham cracker is made with graham flour, which is unsifted and coarsely ground wheat flour. He used this due to its high fiber content. His original "Graham bread" was the centerpiece of the Graham Diet, a regimen to suppress what he considered unhealthy carnal urges, the source of many maladies according to Graham.
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Hi, Cath. Graham crackers are yummy, especially dunked in milk. You can see what they look like here and read a little explanation.

Another awesome treat made with graham crackers are "s'mores." Look here to see these tasty treats.

Graham crackers are often crushed to crumbs and mixed with granulated sugar and melted butter to create a "cookie" crust for pies. As has already been mentioned, they are also used as the crumb crust for cheesecakes.
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