Cookerati Small Bites: Graham Crackers

Written by Diana - July 16, 2013 3 Comments

The topic of the origin of the graham cracker came about as my daughter and I were noshing on S’mores. My daughter brought the requisite graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows to a friend’s pre-4th party. As she was devouring she wondered about how the graham cracker came to be.

We researched online to find some fascinating information – all about the lowly graham.

Reverend Graham was a strict vegetarian who promoted his diet to his followers, but also believed that eating healthy would curb carnal urges.  He was against white flour and believed that mustard and ketchup caused insanity (maybe it was the hfcs?), thought you should sleep on a really hard mattress and the window open every night.  While some of these thoughts were a little on the odd side, he did believe in a really high fiber diet and promoted the use of homemade unsifted white flour instead of bleached, sifted white flour.

The official designer of the graham cracker is unknown though it is named after Rev. Graham.  Originally they were made with the germ, the bran and the endosperm each individually ground and then recombined into flour.  Ironically,  Today’s graham cracker doesn’t resemble the high fiber crackers created over 100 years ago.  Now it’s a snack and dessert cracker most famously known for S’mores or the crumbs used as the base in a cheesecake, not the healthy powerhouse it was originally intended to be.

Enjoy your summer – cookout – use awful marshmallows, chocolate and fake grahams – or go gourmet all the way and use the good chocolate, home made marshmallows and healthy grahams.  Either way, it’s not summer without at least one cookout with S’mores, YUM!

 

Here are some links to read more about Reverend Graham and the cracker:

To help you with your homemade S’mores:

and one of my previous posts:

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3 Outstanding Responses to "Cookerati Small Bites: Graham Crackers"

    silver price on July 23, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Well, apparently graham crackers are meant to be healthy. MEANT to. A health nut minister named Sylvester Graham invented graham crackers in 1829. He was an advocate of vegetarianism and believed that an unhealthy diet would lead to uncontrollable, carnal urges and sexual excess. He swore that physical lust was harmful for the body (as any good minister should) and caused consequences as dire as pulmonary consumption, spinal diseases, epilepsy and insanity. So, to Graham a high fiber, vegetarian diet was the key to purity and chastity, while meat and refined foods meant debauchery, destruction and non-stop sex. Hmm… tough choice.

    Elliott Lucas on July 24, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Throwing these together are really quite easy. You’ll need graham flour for these crackers, which obviously gives them their characteristic flavor. I bought a small bag of Bob’s Red Mill graham flour, which I found in the health food section of my local grocery store and which is also available on Amazon . The dough gets mixed together in about 5 minutes, chilled for a couple of hours, and then you roll it out and cut out your crackers. I chose to poke holes on top so that the crackers looked like the ones from the box (it’s a good thing I had practice when I made the ice cream sandwiches !).

    Diana on November 5, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    I’ve never made my own graham crackers, but it could be something to try one of these days.

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