Sunday, September 28, 2008


I don't know if I'm late or not. I thought the post date was today but I've seen several posts from yesterday. Oh, well. This month, the Daring Baker Challenge was Lavash crackers. Definitely something different. I ended up doing two different kinds because my dough stretched after it rested some and I had to cut some off to fit on the pan. My savory set had sea salt, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, and mustard on it. The sweet one had cinnamon and sugar. Both were very good. I think that this would make a GREAT thin crust pizza! For my dip I wanted to make garlic hummus. So, I pulled out the garlic and chopped up EIGHT raw cloves. OH MY! Unless you want your tongue to burn, please do NOT follow this recipe. I think I used triple what I needed! I'm still using it on salads with a little dressing to cover the burn and plan on trying again sometime soon. Making your own is MUCH cheaper than buying it! Thanks Natalie and Shel for hosting. Here's the recipe! For more, check it out here.

Lavash Crackers
* 1 1/2 cups (6.75 oz) unbleached bread flour or gluten free flour blend (If you use a blend without xanthan gum, add 1 tsp xanthan or guar gum to the recipe)
* 1/2 tsp (.13 oz) salt
* 1/2 tsp (.055 oz) instant yeast
* 1 Tb (.75 oz) agave syrup or sugar
* 1 Tb (.5 oz) vegetable oil
* 1/3 to 1/2 cup + 2 Tb (3 to 4 oz) water, at room temperature
* Poppy seeds, sesame seeds, paprika, cumin seeds, caraway seeds, or kosher salt for toppings

1. In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, salt yeast, agave, oil, and just enough water to bring everything together into a ball. You may not need the full 1/2 cup + 2 Tb of water, but be prepared to use it all if needed.

2. For Non Gluten Free Cracker Dough: Sprinkle some flour on the counter and transfer the dough to the counter. Knead for about 10 minutes, or until the ingredients are evenly distributed. The dough should pass the windowpane test (see … ong-Enough for a discription of this) and register 77 degrees to 81 degrees Fahrenheit. The dough should be firmer than French bread dough, but not quite as firm as bagel dough (what I call medium-firm dough), satiny to the touch, not tacky, and supple enough to stretch when pulled. Lightly oil a bowl and transfer the dough to the bowl, rolling it around to coat it with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap.


2. For Gluten Free Cracker Dough: The dough should be firmer than French bread dough, but not quite as firm as bagel dough (what I call medium-firm dough), and slightly tacky. Lightly oil a bowl and transfer the dough to the bowl, rolling it around to coat it with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap.

3. Ferment at room temperature for 90 minutes, or until the dough doubles in size. (You can also retard the dough overnight in the refrigerator immediately after kneading or mixing).

4. For Non Gluten Free Cracker Dough: Mist the counter lightly with spray oil and transfer the dough to the counter. Press the dough into a square with your hand and dust the top of the dough lightly with flour. Roll it out with a rolling pin into a paper thin sheet about 15 inches by 12 inches. You may have to stop from time to time so that the gluten can relax. At these times, lift the dough from the counter and wave it a little, and then lay it back down. Cover it with a towel or plastic wrap while it relaxes. When it is the desired thinness, let the dough relax for 5 minutes. Line a sheet pan with baking parchment. Carefully lift the sheet of dough and lay it on the parchment. If it overlaps the edge of the pan, snip off the excess with scissors.


4. For Gluten Free Cracker Dough: Lay out two sheets of parchment paper. Divide the cracker dough in half and then sandwich the dough between the two sheets of parchment. Roll out the dough until it is a paper thin sheet about 15 inches by 12 inches. Slowly peel away the top layer of parchment paper. Then set the bottom layer of parchment paper with the cracker dough on it onto a baking sheet.

5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit with the oven rack on the middle shelf. Mist the top of the dough with water and sprinkle a covering of seeds or spices on the dough (such as alternating rows of poppy seeds, sesame seeds, paprika, cumin seeds, caraway seeds, kosher or pretzel salt, etc.) Be careful with spices and salt - a little goes a long way. If you want to precut the cracker, use a pizza cutter (rolling blade) and cut diamonds or rectangles in the dough. You do not need to separate the pieces, as they will snap apart after baking. If you want to make shards, bake the sheet of dough without cutting it first.

5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the crackers begin to brown evenly across the top (the time will depend on how thinly and evenly you rolled the dough).

6. When the crackers are baked, remove the pan from the oven and let them cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. You can then snap them apart or snap off shards and serve.

Garlic Hummus...only if you want FIRE!
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
8 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons olive oil
pinch parsley
1/2 cup water (or enough to make a smooth hummus)

In a food processor, process the garlic, oil, and parsley until chopped. Add chickpeas and salt. Process. Add water until the mixture runs smooth.


Elle said...

Your lavash are crisp and thin...impressive. Maybe roasted garlic would work better in the dip?

Unknown said...

Elle - Thanks! At first I didn't think they were right, but they crisped up over time. I did think about roasting the garlic but didn't have time...I think it would be fine raw if I used LESS!

Jaime said...

your lavash crackers look great! i need to try the cinnamon sugar version.

oh and the post date was the 27th, but that's ok :)

Anonymous said...

How could cinnamon and sugar not cross my mind while making this? Next batch, I guess.

Susan @ SGCC said...

Your lavash look perfectly thin and crispy! Well done! I misread the deadline too. I just happened to realize it at 9:00 the night before.

Darius T. Williams said...

Wow - looks really good!


TeaLady said...

cinnamon and sugar sounds really good. But then so do the spiccy ones. Great job.

Unknown said...

Jaime - Thanks...the aroma of the cinnamon made them even better.

Jude - Hey, they're quick to make, so a second batch could be in your future! :-)

SGCC - I saw someone posted on Saturday and meant to look at the post date but got distracted. Oh, well! I don't think anyone will hold it against me.

Darius - Thanks

Tealady - I think this one is hard to mess up.

Jane said...

Wow, I never thought of making crackers. I may just have to give this a try. Yours look great!

Katrina said...

I'm a tad late on commenting, but the crackers look so yummy. I think you're right about a thin crust pizza, too. Yum!