Thursday, June 19, 2008

In Praise of the Graham Cracker

When I was a child, there was still a treat to come after we finished the cake, because Mom served us the leftover icing on graham crackers. That dish is still one of my core comfort foods.

In addition to making thrifty use of leftovers, graham crackers are also excellent templates for swatching frosting and toppings. Is spirulina boysenberry frosting really edible? Mix up a tiny batch, spread it on a graham cracker and see. What should we sprinkle on white frosting to denote light brown fur? Nutmeg? Ground hazelnuts? Grated chocolate? Cocoa? All of the above? Set up a platter full of graham crackers and experiment to your heart's content.

blacktailed hare cake closeup

The one drawback of this scheme is that it's tempting to eat all of your swatches at once. Don't. They'll keep, and you need to save yourself for the cake.

P.S. Happy S.O.S.A.D.!

graham crackers with frosting



Blogger Bula said...

In our family graham cracker sandwiches are a special comfort food. They must be made with Adams crunchy peanut butter and homemade raspberry or strawberry jam oozing out the sides. A glass of milk on the side is a requisite. All praise the graham cracker!

June 25, 2008 at 12:50 PM  

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