Friday, July 17, 2009

S'more Than Meets the Eye

My family and I are getting ready to travel to Wallowa Lake in Eastern Oregon for a few days of much needed rest and relaxation. Our daughter will get to spend time with her cousin and grandparents. This of course actually brings a little hope of truly being able to relax while grandma and grandpa chase after a three year old. Since Celiac doesn't lend itself to convenience while traveling, I've been busy preparing various gluten free foods for the trip. Lets face it, what would a summer trip to the lake be without s'mores? It's time to make some gluten free graham crackers.
Gluten Free Graham Crackers:
3/4 cup butter (1-1/2 sticks softened)
1/4 cup honey
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups brown rice flour
1-1/2 cups gluten free flour mix
2 Tablespoons soy flour (I used 1 TBS Garfava Flour)
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2-3/4 cup water
Bake at 325 degrees F for 25-30 minutes

Start by creaming together: butter, brown sugar, honey, and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, combine: brown rice flour, gf flour mix, soy flour, xanthan gum, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder.

Alternate adding flour mix and water to creamed butter/sugar mix. Add just enough water to hold the batter in a soft ball. I used about 1/2 cup of water in mine. Divide the dough in half, press into a flat disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Next, lay out a piece of parchment paper on the counter and dust it with brown rice flour. Roll the dough very thin, about 1/8th of an inch thick (it will rise slightly in the oven.) After rolling out the dough, move the entire sheet of parchment paper onto a baking sheet. Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to trim off the edges of the dough to make a fairly even rectangle shape. Then use the pizza cutter or knife to cut the rectangle of dough into smaller square crackers. Don't try to separate the dough into squares, just make the cuts for the size of cracker you want.) Finally, take a fork and pierce the squares several times.

Bake at 325 degrees F for 25-30 minutes. The crackers will be soft until they cool down. Once they are cool you can break them along the lines you cut. I have the luxury of being able to eat non GF food, so I can compare how a gluten free item stacks up against the real thing. I can honestly say these are better than the store bought glutinous version. You can't get a fresh from the oven graham cracker out of a box. There's nothing left to do at this point except toast a marshmallow and throw in a piece of chocolate bar for the best gluten free s'more ever. Enjoy!!!
P.S. If you happen to have leftovers, you can freeze them for eternity and use them for graham crackers crusts. I hope I have enough left for a cheesecake.


  1. We are going camping next month at Sea have totally inspired me! I WILL enjoy smores again. :)


  2. I am so going to try these! We made s"less" (ha) with just chocolate and marshmallows. LAME! :)

  3. p.s. I think the dough picture will help me with my consistency and dry climate issues I can just shoot for the picture! THANKS :)

  4. Just a side note, the colder the dough is when you roll it out, the better. Once it starts to warm up it is harder to work with.

  5. Whoa this looks amazing! I don't think i could want to eat a s'more right now more than I do.

    Those GF graham crackers are georgous!

  6. Have an awesome trip and great job on those graham crackers.

  7. I have been missing s'mores so much! Like Jessie, I have been making them with just chocolate, and the results are definitely inferior. I think I'll make these for my extended family when we go camping next (by the Clacamas River). Thanks so much for the recipe!

  8. I love your graham crackers. I've been wanting to try baking them...seems like you've been quite a few steps ahead of me lately. :)

  9. These look incredible, Brian! Thanks so much for submitting this recipe for the Go Ahead Honey It's Gluten Free! blog carnival, Make Me A Happy Camper, this month. I made alternative S'mores using my homemade gf cookies recently, but your S'mores would make me a very happy camper indeed. :-) If anyone else is interested in participating, you can still submit entries through tonight. Read more here:

    Hope your vacation was lovely! We just got back from our motorcycle vacation and enjoyed the break tremendously. :-)


  10. Oh wow, what a great recipe! My husband is already telling me that I HAVE to make these, he hasn't been able to eat smores in ever!

  11. Oh, my gosh yum! I haven't had smores in a really, really, really long time. I'm going to have to try making these sometime soon!

  12. These look great! Suggestions for how to substitute for the soy flour? My son can't have gluten or soy...