I have nothing against graham crackers. I have never had one before and it is not a very common biscuit in Australia. I’m sure there’s an Australian equivalent of graham crackers in amongst the multitude of biscuit varieties available.
But today, let’s explore what other ingredients you can make crust with?
1. Cornflakes & Peanut Butter Crust
Cruncheee… I likey! This is a dairy free recipe and can be gluten free if you use gluten free cornflakes. Recipe here.
The concept of making this olive oil crust is pretty much the same as making shortcrust pastry. The only difference is instead of butter, I substituted with olive oil. I remember when my mum was teaching me how to make shortcrust pastry, she kept stressing that I better not taking my sweet time to “rub” the butter with flour. This is because at any point of time the butter should remain solid and the longer we rub the butter with flour, the heat from our fingers will melt the butter and the pastry may not be light and crumbly. Imagine how hard it was to do this in 40C heat in Malaysia! Well, this olive oil crust kinda solve my stress a little ha! Recipe here.
3. Almond Meal, Butter & Brown Sugar
This cheesecake is my pride and joy. When I was approached to create a cheesecake recipe, the first thing that came to mind was I wanted to make a gluten free cheesecake! While the caremelised pineapple and maple syrup drizzles made the photo pop, it was the almond meal crust that brought the cheesecake to another level. Recipe here.
4. Tim Tams & Butter
Don’t tell me you don’t see this coming? *wink* I count Tim Tams as one of my absolute must-haves in my pantry. Any chocoholic would agree this is a brilliant idea, no? Recipe here.