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Graham Crackers

Postby Elephant789 » Wed, 12 Dec 2012 12:09 pm

Does anyone know where to find graham crackers in Singapore. Want to make some cheesecake.

I live in the west but will travel.

Thanks for any help.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 12 Dec 2012 1:06 pm

I've been having that problem for 30 years here! :mad:

Learn to live with your cheesecake base made out of either McVite (sp?) Digestive biscuits or Oreo cookie base (which is what I do). I haven't been able to find Graham Crackers here in 3 decades (not sayin' there aren't any, just I never managed to find 'em). I don't know about your cheesecake, but I make baked cheesecakes and not the refrigerator type. Oreo cookies make a pretty good base when ground and butter added the prebaked before adding the cheese mixture. I also usually throw the Oreo centers into the cheese mix to add a little to the vanilla flavouring as well. ;-)

In fact, I've got a request from a neice to make one for Friday night. Looks like I have an evening project either tonight or tomorrow.

What burns me is having to pay $5+ per block of Philly Cream Cheese when it only costs around US $1.10 at home! :x

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Postby movingtospore » Wed, 12 Dec 2012 1:12 pm

They had some at the grocery store at Tanglin Mall a couple of weeks ago.

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Postby nakatago » Wed, 12 Dec 2012 1:32 pm

Not sure but maybe you could try ShengSiong. I also heard someone say they're called "digestive biscuits" here (re: SMS's McVite's).

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 12 Dec 2012 1:36 pm

Digestive biscuits are nowhere near graham crackers, either in taste or texture. I did see graham cracker pie shells once in Cold Storage but it was a long time ago. I haven't bother to check out that angle but it's a possibility if you are going to go for a refrigerated cheesecake using gelatin as the thickener.

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Postby nakatago » Wed, 12 Dec 2012 1:47 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Digestive biscuits are nowhere near graham crackers, either in taste or texture. I did see graham cracker pie shells once in Cold Storage but it was a long time ago. I haven't bother to check out that angle but it's a possibility if you are going to go for a refrigerated cheesecake using gelatin as the thickener.


The only digestive biscuits I've tried are those with a chocolate coating. Mmmm.....chocolate.....

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Postby earthfriendly » Wed, 12 Dec 2012 2:52 pm

The closest I can think of is Marie biscuits like this one. If you are open to trying something different, there are many substitutes out there. For healthier version, I have made the crust out of almond meal and my family of picky eaters were not bothered by the tastes. You can also try it with different ground up nuts.

http://www.myasianstore.com/products/64 ... cuits.aspx

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 12 Dec 2012 3:02 pm

earthfriendly wrote:The closest I can think of is Marie biscuits like this one. If you are open to trying something different, there are many substitutes out there. For healthier version, I have made the crust out of almond meal and my family of picky eaters were not bothered by the tastes. You can also try it with different ground up nuts.

http://www.myasianstore.com/products/64 ... cuits.aspx


Tried the Marie buscuits once. Digestives are better but still no contest up against a Graham Cracker. Although I am really getting used to Oreo crusts now. Phoon Huat sells the Oreo cracker (well at least they taste and look like 'em but locally made I thing) without the fillings in bags. Tried them once as well, but went back to real Oreos. Your nut suggestion sounds interesting. I might have to try that but maybe with a mix of digestives & nuts. Thanks for that little tip! ;-)

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Postby earthfriendly » Wed, 12 Dec 2012 3:19 pm

The natural oil from the nuts help to bind it together. I don't bake with traditional ingredients if I can find healthy substitutes without sacrificing too much on the taste. I just made a batch of snickerdoodle without any white flour. Just whole wheat, barley flour and oat bran.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 12 Dec 2012 3:28 pm

I'm not a real baker, but do like Cheesecake so learned to make 'em myself. Same with Anzac cookies. Love those suckers but I make 'em with about 1/3'd of the sugar called for and sometimes substitute Xylitol but only if I can get someone coming from the US to bring it over with them as it's too expensive for a non-diebetic! I often throw some seeds (sunflower or somesuch or sultanas into the Anzac recipe as well, making a modified Musli type of biscuit.

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Postby AminoAcid » Wed, 12 Dec 2012 5:12 pm

I could only find them in B1-02/03/04 Tanglin Market Place of Tanglin Mall. It's rather pricey at S$10+ a box the last time I got one,

This one:

http://www.nabiscoworld.com/Brands/ProductInformation.aspx?BrandKey=honeymaid&Site=1&Product=4400000463

Not sure if they've brought in other brands since.

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Postby JR8 » Wed, 12 Dec 2012 7:16 pm

I 2nd SMSs suggestion of using McVitie's Digestive biscuits. Put then in a ziplock bag and bash them with a rolling pin.

Even when I lived in the US and could get Graham crackers, I paid a premium to use Digestives.

Delia states 'oat biscuits'. I'd imagine that means McVitie's... ?
http://www.deliaonline.com/

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Postby rclark » Thu, 13 Dec 2012 8:29 am

nakatago wrote:Not sure but maybe you could try ShengSiong. I also heard someone say they're called "digestive biscuits" here (re: SMS's McVite's).

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"Digestive Biscuits" is more of a British term than the American "graham crackers," and refer to similar - but slightly different - things. Digestive Biscuits tend to cater to elderly people.

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Postby zzm9980 » Thu, 13 Dec 2012 10:18 am

Digestive Biscuit just sounds completely unappetizing...

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Postby nakatago » Thu, 13 Dec 2012 10:26 am

zzm9980 wrote:Digestive Biscuit just sounds completely unappetizing...


I first encountered them in Japan. And y'll know Japan--NOTHING is too weird.


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