Saturday, September 27, 2008

Daring Bakers, September: Lavash Crackers & Toppings

This month's Daring Baker's challenge covered something I've always wanted to attempt: crackers. I've done skillet flat breads, fry breads, and pizza, and this month's lavash reminded me of all those things. The plus, of course, was its wonderful crackery crunch. For this, I'm thankful for this month's DB hosts, Sheltie Girl and shellyfish, for assigning lavash crackers as September's assignment. As we do every month, we received the assignment at the beginning of the month, worked on it, and now, on the assigned day, are sharing our findings with the blogging world.

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We had to top our crackers, and I used stripes of dill, paprika, and garam masala.
Daring Bakers September: Lavash Crackers with Toppings



I was a little paranoid about the dough because it didn't seem to rise as well as I thought it should. Also, the recipe said I should be able to pull a gluten window after the first kneading, but I was never able to really get one. Happily, it was lovely to work with and was sturdy enough to roll out thinly and still handle.
Daring Bakers September: Lavash Crackers with Toppings

I laid it out on my big baking sheet, over parchment paper, and striped it with dill, paprika, and garam masala.
Daring Bakers September: Lavash Crackers with Toppings

I used a pizza cutter to score it with diamonds, then baked it until it was golden brown along the edges and uniformly golden across the center.
Daring Bakers September: Lavash Crackers with Toppings

Then I snapped it along the scored lines into larger diamonds and plated them for my SAS party.
Daring Bakers September: Lavash Crackers with Toppings

I LOVE it.
Daring Bakers September: Lavash Crackers with Toppings

Especially with a little curried salmon spread! Nom nom, I just lav my lavosh!
Daring Bakers September: Lavash Crackers with Toppings

Whoops, almost forgot to post this!

Vegan Salmon Spread: 1 tub Tofutti (better than cream cheese!), 1 Tbsp Dulse flakes, 1/4 cup finely diced onion, 1 clove totally smashed garlic clove, 1/2 teaspoon curry powder, mix it all up, salt and white pepper to taste.

Non-vegan Salmon Spread: 1 tub cream cheese, 1/4 cup canned and sorted salmon (deboned and shredded, in other words), 1/4 cup finely diced onion, 1 clove totally smashed garlic clove, mix it all up, 1/2 teaspoon curry powder, salt and white pepper to taste.

And yes, the vegan and non-vegan versions are pretty similar in taste. For those of you sea veg lovers, you'll know what I mean!

Need curry powder? I highly recommend and frequently use a close approximation of the AB blend! And by "close approximation, I mean "without the closely monitored measuring."

You can see my lavash on Photograzing and Tastespotting, because it's the closest to fame I'll ever get.

Check out other DBers crackers here and this month's recipe at shellyfish's blog here or Sheltie Girl's blog here.

14 comments:

shellyfish said...

Your crackers look beautiful! I'm so happy you enjoyed the challenge!

glamah16 said...

I agree! They are so beautiful.

Sheltie Girl said...

You did a wonderful job on your crackers. Perfect diamonds with all those lovely spices...yum!

Natalie @ Gluten a Go Go

allison said...

The spices you chose sound wonderful. I may have to make these crackers again and try those spices.

Babeth said...

Great job! Your crackers look really cute.
cheers

Lauren said...

Ooo, your lavash looks wonderful! Great Job!

Jenny said...

I was wondering where you were going with the garam masala until I saw the dip - yum! Great job on the challenge.

Marija said...

Your crackers have the same topping as my lost & burned ones :) But yours are baked perfectly ;) Great job!

Tanya said...

Your crackers are beautiful! Wonderful job!

kitten said...

i love the pizza cutter idea to score your crackers! great job, they look scrumptious.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I love the huge cracker with the 3 colors, before you cut it. Beautiful job!

maybelle's mom said...

really attractive. good job.

Pat said...

WOW! Your crackers look so delicious! Its so amxing how everyone's look different. This was fun!

Tablebread said...

BEAUTIFUL Julie! You really got the great color contrast going. I was digging for spices to do that and ended up going sweet. Very cool turnout!