BBA Challenge (Week 17): Lavash Crackers

Bread Baking, Food

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My deepest, darkest secret is that sometimes, I eat cheese and crackers for dinner.

Actually, not sometimes.

Often. It’s my go-to dinner when I don’t feel like cooking.

For some people, it’s cereal and milk. For others, it’s takeout from the Thai place on the corner.

When I’m not in the mood to cook, which is seldom — it’s more likely that I’ll not cook because I’m not in the mood to do dishes — I break out a box of whole wheat crackers, the creamiest brie I can afford and maybe some fig jam or my favorite store-bought hummus.

However, eating cheese and crackers for dinner really isn’t such a shortcut when you occasionally bake your own crackers.

Though I typically buy my own crackers, there have been few occasions that have merited baking them.

Finding an especially delicious recipe accounts for one occasion and the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge is another.

Lavash is a Middle Eastern flatbread, similar to the Mexican tortilla but baked to a crisp, golden brown sheet and then broken into shards, into rough, unevenly shaped crackers perfect for dipping or topping with a creamy cheese.

I’m breaking the Rule again. I’m posting this recipe because it’s easy.

Time-consuming, sure.

But winter is coming.

You need projects that will keep you inside next to a hot oven. You can do it.

Besides, the recipe is already out there anyway because the Daring Bakers made it.

Lavash Crackers
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Recipe type: Small Plates and Snacks
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Serves: 1 pan
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups unbleached bread flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ⅓ to ½ 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
Instructions
  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 ½ cup + 2 Tb of water, but be prepared to use it all if needed.
  2. 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 register 77 degrees to 81 degrees Fahrenheit. The dough should be firmer than French bread dough, but not quite as firm as bagel 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.
  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. 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.
  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.
  6. 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).
  7. 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.
Did you notice that I’ve been posting more frequently than usual this week? In celebration of National Novel Writing Month, some bloggers choose to commemorate November with NaBloPoMo, or National Blog Posting Month. I’ve challenged myself to post daily this month and hope that you’ll challenge yourselves to read them all!

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    ErinsFoodFiles
    November 14, 2009 at 7:23 am

    I’m always amazed at people who make their own crackers!

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    Joy
    November 13, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    I do the same — eat crackers and soft cheese for dinner, with wine. Yum. 🙂 These lavash crackers looks perfect for that ‘lazy’ night.

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    sunny
    November 13, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    yum, those look great! i love cheese and crackers too with some grapes on the side… you have your protien, whole grains, fruit… sounds like a perfect dinner to me!!

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    Paula
    November 13, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Oh yum – definitely want to give these a go!!!

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    kat
    November 13, 2009 at 10:17 am

    We were so surprised at how good these were when we did them for DB. I think the hubs would like me to make all our crackers from now on

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    Lisa Keys
    November 13, 2009 at 6:17 am

    I am probably going to gain 20 pounds this winter trying all these great looking recipes that you are posting under the guise that I need to stay warm by the oven!

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    elra
    November 12, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Your lavash look wonderfully thin and crispy.

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    Hélène
    November 12, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    I haven’t made those crackers yet. I’ll have to plan for because they look so good.

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    doggybloggy
    November 12, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    I like making crackers and this is a new recipe for me so I am going to give it a try.

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    Daryl
    November 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    I can attest! This was absolutely delicious.Totally addictive and worse then potato chips–u cannot stop once you start.Great job!!!

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