Saturday, September 27, 2008

DARING BAKERS CHALLENGE HISTORY IN THE MAKING

This months Daring Bakers Challenge made history in the world of the Daring Bakers our Lavash Crackers are required to be vegan and/or gluten free. I made mine vegan but not gluten free. The other part of the challenge was to create a dip/spread/salsa/relish to accompany it.

I made two batches of the Lavash crackers one with bread flour and one with whole wheat flour. For my dip I made a spicy guacamole. I did not get as many photos of this process as I would have liked but I will be attempting these again. To roll them out I used my pasta maker it was the first time I had ever used it and lets just say I need WAY MORE PRACTICE!

This recipe makes 1 sheet pan of Lavash Crackers
1 1/2 cups (6.75 oz) unbleached bread flour or gluten free flour blend. I also used a whole wheat flour
(1/2 tsp (.13 oz) salt
1/2 tsp (.055 oz) instant yeast
1 Tb (.75 oz) agave syrup or sugar (I used Agave syrup)
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. For the whole wheat version I used the whole amount of water. For the bread flour version I needed an extra 2/3 of a cup of flour. I made this in my mixer.
WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR DOUGH



BREAD FLOUR DOUGH


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 pass the windowpane test 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.
WHOLE WHEAT DOUGH

BREAD FLOUR DOUGH

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.

I only got photos of the whole wheat dough going through the pasta machine I think I needed to form it more into a block so it would have spread out evenly




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.

This is the whole wheat dough I forgot to take pictures of the bread flour crackers before they baked. For the whole wheat crackers I used paprika and maldon seas salt.

For the bread flour crackers I used the maldon sea salt and black sesame seeds

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). I did not roll my dough thin enough certain parts were very thin like crackers while other parts had a similar texture to pita. I actually really enjoyed both textures. The whole wheat crackers took about 30 minutes to cook.

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.
WHOLE WHEAT CRACKERS


BREAD FLOUR CRACKERS



For my vegan dip I made a spicy guacamole. Next time I would like to make a spicy mango salsa to go with the crackers
EASY SPICY GUACAMOLE
6 ripe avocados
1 red onion
1 large jalapeno with the seeds
4 limes
1 tablespoon lime zest
2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro
Maldon Sea Salt and Ground Pepper to tastes

Chop the red onion and avocados put the lime juice over. This will prevent them from turning brown Add the lime zest and salt and pepper then mash with a fork until you get the consistency you like then mix in the cilantro. When storing the guacamole I suggest using a piece of plastic wrap and pressing it onto the guacamole so it is touching it. This keeps it from going brown on you.



THE FINAL PRODUCT
2 types of Lavash Crackers and Spicy Guacamole.

WHOLE WHEAT LAVASH WITH GUACAMOLE

BREAD FLOUR LAVASH WITH GUACAMOLE

THE TRIO


CRAIG'S CORNER


THUMBS UP WHOLE WHEAT LAVASH

THUMBS UP BREAD FLOUR LAVASH

We have sucess Craig Loved the lavash and dip!


I would say this challenge was a sucess I just need more practice. This is something I will 100% do again. i just need to work on rolling the crackers out thinner and with more consitency ,but I really did enjoy the pita like texture of the bread flour lavash. Make sure to check out the other Daring Bakers and see how there lavash and dips turned out http://daringbakersblogroll.blogspot.com/

15 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Very well done! Your crackers and dip look great! Delicious!

Cheers,

Rosa

Jenny said...

I love the pictures of the lavash being enjoyed. I think I'll make these again and again, this was a great challenge. Nice job making two versions!

Dharm said...

Well done! Your crackers and dip look delicious.

Leslie said...

I sooo need to get the pasta attachment for my KA!
Yours look so very yummy.
I LOVE guac!!
Thanks for yoour comment on mine

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I'm gonna try whole wheat flour next time! Great job!

Cristine said...

Looks great! Love the pics of the thumbs up!

Jillian said...

mmmmmm... i'm coming over the next time you make these. perhaps we could enjoy them with some tasty homemade margaritas. ya know, wih a double shot. or 2. lol

good job!!

Courtney said...

yummy cant go wrong with guac, sounds fantastic!

Vera said...

Isn't the pasta roller a handy tool!
Your dip and crackers turned out great.

Mother Bliss said...

Family members are so forgiving, they're just happy you made something and enjoy every bite! Mine came out thick too, but they didn't care! Wheat crackers, that's a good idea.

Eat4Fun said...

A new mixer and a new pasta rolling attachement! I'm jealous. lol... Your lavash turned out very nice. The guac looks superb too.

Lisa Michelle said...

I love your entry, two preps of perfect lavash, yummy guacamole, and a guy who REALLY likes it! :)

Y said...

I envy you your KA and that pasta attachment! :D Love your crackers by the way.

Leslie said...

Ruth,
Thank you for wishing me A Happy 100th post!

Michelle said...

Great minds think alike. I also used my KitchenAid's pasta roller attachment and it worked a charm. With a little practice I got the sheets paper thin. Guacamole is a splendid pairing with the crackers.