Lavish Crackers!

by Michelle on September 28, 2008


This month’s Daring Bakers challenge was so much fun! We love crackers although I’ve never made them before, unless you count bread sticks. But I’ve wanted to try crackers for the longest time. I was so happy when Shel of Musings from the Fishbowl and Natalie of Gluten A Go Go announced this months recipe!!!

Actually I made the Lavish recipe 3 different times. The first time I just put sesame seeds on top. Next I actually added freshly ground pepper to the recipe and 1/2 c. of sour dough starter and topped with coarse salt. And finally, I added ground sesame seeds and again some sour dough starter and then topped with whole sesame seeds. I got this cool sesame seed grinder and just had to try it out and it worked out great.

Lavish Crackers
Recipe adapted from “The Bread Baker’s Apprentice: Mastering The Art of Extraordinary Bread” by Peter Reinhart

1 1/2 cups 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 salt
1/2 tsp instant yeast
1 Tb agave syrup or sugar
1 Tb vegetable oil
1/3 to 1/2 cup + 2 Tb 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.

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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.

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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.

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Comments

  • kat September 28, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    adding sour dough starter to your crackers is such an interesting twist

  • Lucy..♥ September 28, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    I see yours bubbled too 😉 and they’re soooo good and crispy! I too like the sound and the addition of sourdough starter added to the mix, delish!

  • Shari September 28, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    Wow, adding a sour dough starter is inventive! Great job!

  • Lisa Michelle October 1, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Michelle, I have a bubbling plastic container of SDS in my fridge that I keep feeding and caring for, although I haven’t used it in weeks. Now I have a reason to..what a great idea to incorporate that into the lavash! That said, yours came out superb!

  • Ivy October 1, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Can order crackers from you? they look really good. serioulsy! :)And what’s the sauce you have there next to them? It looks yummy too.

  • Natashya KitchenPuppies October 2, 2008 at 4:02 am

    I love the long thin crackers, so pretty.

  • Maggie October 3, 2008 at 2:21 am

    The ground sesame seeds in the dough sound awesome!

  • Debyi October 3, 2008 at 2:33 am

    Your crackers look great! I’ve never seen that sesame seed grinder before, how cool. Wow, I bet your crackers tasted amazing with the sourdough starter in it. Very creative.

  • Ivy October 28, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    What’s up Girrrrrrrr!I miss you!

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