Saturday, September 27, 2008

DARING BAKER'S CHALLENGE- MY FIRST.

My first daring baker's challenge, and I am a day late......and here I was wondering,I will be bang on time. Thanks to my computer that started playing up, and simply crashed. finally have it up and running and the only thing that was playing on my mind was to get on with posting my challenge.
Even though this is my first challenge, I have been following a few other blogs,who post their challenges in the starting of every month. This was, a really fun and easy challenge. And the timing for me to make it was also perfect. That is because, we had a poker night at our place, and what other better time to serve up some snappy crackers with some spicy dips.

Here are the details of the challenge:

The Challenge: Make Lavash Crackers and create a dip/spread/salsa/relish to accompany it. This challenge allows for large helpings of creativity and personality, with the crackers, your flavor choices for the crackers, and with your dip/spread choice. You can create your own dip/spread recipe, use one of your favorites, or use one of the recipes we’ve provided at the bottom of this post. Get crazy ! Just be sure to post the recipe along with your challenge crackers so we can see what you made and how you made it (so we can try it, too!).

The Rules: You have so much freedom! You can make the Lavash Crackers either with all purpose wheat flour or you can try making them gluten free. You may use any variety of spices/seeds/salt to top the crackers. All dips/spreads/
relishes/salsas must be vegan and gluten free.

The Definitions: Vegan - no animal products of any kind (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veganism); Gluten Free - No wheat (including kamut and spelt), barley, rye, and triticale, as well as the use of gluten as a food additive in the form of a flavoring, stabilizing or thickening agent. For the purposes of this challenge, we are also excluding oats, even though there are gluten free oats available in some parts of the world. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gluten_free)

Heads Up :

* You can do so much to make this recipe your own – adding dried herbs or roasted garlic, etc., to the dough, using gourmet spices-salts-seasonings-seeds to sprinkle on top, etc.
* Read carefully ! The following recipe includes directions for both gluten-free crackers (à la Natalie !) and traditional AP flour crackers.
* The key to crispy crackers is rolling out the dough as thinly as possible. We noticed that the crackers turned out better if you divide the dough in half before rolling. You’ll roll out the dough as per the directions, decorate and cook the crackers in two batches.

The key to a crisp lavash,...is to roll out the dough paper-thin. The sheet can be cut into crackers in advance or snapped into shards after baking. The shards make a nice presentation when arranged in baskets.

Makes 1 sheet pan of 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 http://www.wikihow.com/Determine-if-Bre … 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.
or
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.
or
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.


All set to get baked.

this is what I did

when I mixed the flour along with the other ingredients, I added a little red chilly powder, just for the extra kick.

I sprinkled black and white sesame seeds, along with red chilly flakes on top.


served it with a traditional indian mint coriander chutney and a spicy mayo dip.here are the recipes



MINT CORIANDER CHUTNEY

you will need

mint-5-6 leaves
coriander- 1 bunch
green chillies- 2-3
ginger-1/2
salt- to taste
sugar- 1/2 tsp
lemon juice-1/2 tsp

You have to

simply blend everything in a blender. check for the seasoning and adjust. yummy.

SPICY MAYO DIP


mayonnaise- 2 tbsp
jalapenos (finely chopped)- 1 tbsp
tomato sauce- 1 tsp
salt and pepper - to taste

mix everything in a bowl, and chill before serving.

Everyone simply loved the crackers, they were over in a jiffy, I should have made some more. But will be soon making another batch and storing it for future game nights.....
enjoy.

10 comments:

Dagmar - A Cat in the Kitchen said...

Welcome to the Daring Bakers and congratulations on your first challenge!

Barbara Bakes said...

Your crackers look wonderful!

Jenny said...

Welcome to the Daring Bakers! Your crackers actually look crunchy, which mine didn't end up being. :)

Medhaa said...

Welcome to Daring Bakers, Love the look of your crackers

Usha said...

Your crackers look perfect...great job :)

Uma said...

wow, the crackers and the mint dip look perfect and mouth-watering.

silverrock said...

Mmm... mint coriander chutney!! That sounds amazing. Congrats on your first DB challenge, the crackers look lovely :)

Jo said...

Great job on your 1st challenge and welcome to DB.

Cham said...

The crackers and dip look excellent! Congrats on ur first DB challenge!

supreet said...

hey kanu realy enjoying reading ure recipies being a big foodie myself... shld be sharing our passion now:) did nt know u were so into it... wow awesome:)