One of America’s Favorites – Graham Crackers

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Modern mass-produced graham crackers

A graham cracker (pronounced /ˈɡreɪ.əm/ or /ˈɡræm/ in America) is a sweet flavored cracker made with graham flour that originated in the United States in the early 1880s. It is eaten as a snack food, usually honey- or cinnamon-flavored, and is used as an ingredient in some foods.

 

The graham cracker was inspired by the preaching of Sylvester Graham who was part of the 19th-century temperance movement. He believed that minimizing pleasure and stimulation of all kinds, coupled with a vegetarian diet anchored by bread made from wheat coarsely ground at home, was how God intended people to live, and that following this natural law would keep people healthy. His preaching was taken up widely in the midst of the 1829–51 cholera pandemic. His followers were called Grahamites and formed one of the first vegetarian movements in America; graham flour, graham crackers, and graham bread were created for them. Graham neither invented nor profited from these products.

A s’more

The main ingredients in its earlier preparations were graham flour, oil, shortening or lard, molasses and salt. Graham crackers have been a mass-produced food product in the United States since 1898, with the National Biscuit Company being the first to mass-produce it at that time. The Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company also began mass-producing the product beginning sometime in the early 1910s. The product continues to be mass-produced in the U.S. today. In earlier times, mass-produced graham crackers were typically prepared using yeast-leavened dough, which added flavor to the food via the process of fermentation, whereas contemporary mass-production of the product typically omits this process. The dough is sometimes chilled before being rolled out, which prevents blistering and breakage from occurring when the product is baked.

 

Graham cracker crumbs are used to create graham cracker crusts for pies and moon pies, and as a base, layer or topping for cheesecake. Graham cracker pie crusts are also mass-produced in the United States, and consumer versions of the product typically consist of a graham cracker crumb mixture pressed into an aluminum pie pan. The graham cracker is a main ingredient in the preparation of the s’more. Graham crackers are also commonly used in place of broas in the traditional Filipino icebox cake mango float.

Healthy Summer Dessert Recipes

August 22, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Summer Dessert Recipes. Enjoy Delicious and Healthy Summer Dessert Recipes with recipes like; Campfire Banana S’mores, Peach Cobbler, and Summer Berries with Orange Cream Topping. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Summer Dessert Recipes
Find healthy, delicious summer dessert recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Campfire Banana S’mores
You’ll never go camping again without this fun twist on classic s’mores made inside a split banana. Plus, it’s easy to make gluten-free or to cut some carbs—just ditch the graham crackers and scoop this gooey treat up with a spoon instead…………

Peach Cobbler
A fruit cobbler is an old-fashioned, crowd-pleasing dessert that showcases summer’s sweetest produce. Use fresh peaches when they are in season. The rest of the year, you can use frozen peaches for a quick and easy homemade dessert………….

Summer Berries with Orange Cream Topping
The natural sweetness of the berries is brought out with the orange-flavored homemade marinade. Top it with orange cream topping for a real treat……………

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Summer Dessert Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19812/seasonal/summer/dessert/

One of America’s Favorites – Graham Crackers

May 23, 2016 at 5:11 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Graham cracker

Graham cracker

The graham cracker (/ˈɡræm/; also graham wafer) was invented in 1829 in Bound Brook, New Jersey, by Presbyterian minister Sylvester Graham. The original graham cracker was made with graham flour; a combination of finely-ground unbleached-wheat flour with the wheat bran and germ coarsely-ground and added back in providing flavor. While graham crackers started out as a mild food, unsweetened or mildly sweetened, they are more commonly known as a sugar- or honey-sweetened baked good that approaches a cookie.

 
The graham cracker was originally conceived of as a health food as part of the Graham Diet, a regimen to suppress what Reverend Graham considered unhealthy carnal urges, the source of many maladies according to Graham. Reverend Graham would often lecture on “self-abuse”, as masturbation was commonly called at the time. Graham would often say how these experiences were inspired by children eating crackers. One of his many theories was that one could curb one’s sexual appetite by eating bland foods. Another man who held this belief was John Harvey Kellogg, the inventor of the corn flakes cereal.

 
Most modern graham crackers are made mainly of the refined white flour to which the Rev. Graham was opposed, and others are made with blends that use white flour as a base. Graham crackers have remained popular in North America as a snack food despite, or perhaps because of, greater amounts of refined sugar (often mixed with honey) and less graham flour than the original versions, which may have been unsweetened.

Some modern, commercial graham crackers could no longer be considered a health food. In fact, some of these commercial “graham crackers” are more notable for being topped with a thick crust of cinnamon and sugar or having chocolate flavoring or coatings added. Technically, crackers are not really graham crackers unless they are made with graham flour, which is a hard (high protein) wheat flour in which the constituent bran, germ, and endosperm have been ground separately, the first two coarsely and the third finely.

Basic modern graham crackers are common in America as a snack for young children, at home or at preschool, early elementary school, and other child care facilities.
Graham crackers, along with marshmallows (roasted or unroasted) and milk chocolate bars, are used to make a simple dessert or treat that has come to be called “s’mores” (a contraction of the end of the phrase “give me some more”) in North America.

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