Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Lavash Crackers (BBA Challenge)

You can put high heels on a poodle, but that won't make it a hooker. ~ Ellen DeGeneres

You can photoshop your face onto Ernie's cartoon body, but that won't make you a Keebler elf. ~ Mags

This week's Bread Baker's Apprentice challenge has taught me that in the future, I shall leave the cracker making to the fine folks at Keebler.

While I didn't think these lavash crackers suffered in esthetics, I found them lacking greatly in taste and texture. Hubby ate one. I ate a half of one. The rest went in the trash.

I didn't have high hopes for this recipe from the start, but I promised myself to not skip another recipe in the book, and in all fairness probably didn't attack this challenge with my usual enthusiasm.

The dough was a breeze to work with and rolled out wonderfully. I decided to cut only one half of the pan into cracker-size pieces and left the other half to snap into shards. I used Mr. Reinhart's suggestions to top the dough: poppy seeds, sesame seeds, cumin seeds, paprika and coarse salt.

After reading the side notes in the book and then realizing that this particular dough can also be used for pita bread, it makes more sense to me now that I merely had a different expectation from this recipe than what was intended. One man's cracker is another gal's flatbread, I suppose.

Next week's challenge is light wheat bread and I'm thrilled that we'll finally be using some whole grains!

14 comments:

June said...

She makes crackers...she is crackers - nothing fishy there. Ha. Personally, I think they look great - crisp & light. Yum. As for the little elf that made 'em, she's a cutie! I have a question though - how can you just have HALF a cracker? You might really be on to something.

Mags said...

June: Crackers and nuts, that's me! A half a cracker=one nasty bite.

Frieda said...

Lacking in taste, huh? They sure do look pretty~ would they taste better if dipped in artichoke dip?
I'm not excited about this recipe either, and kudos to you for making it!

Anonymous said...

The elf gets a A for effort..remember your readers can't taste your wares (unless we try your receipe and actually go into the kitchen and heat up an oven)

Mags said...

Anon: Thanks for the A! That's some good advice and I realize that no one but me knows how the finished product tastes, but I'd hate to promote a recipe that I didn't like and then have someone make the recipe thinking that it was going to taste fantastic. Just keeping it real!

Mags said...

Frieda: You know what I think my problem was? I just expected it to be more like a cracker. And I think if you like toasted pita pieces, you'd love this dipped in hummus... or artichoke dip.

lakegirl16 said...

These look great! Also, you make a great elf!! :)

Mags said...

Lakegirl16: Thanks! (Now if I could only find elf shoes in a size nine)

Dyan said...

you always liked to play dress up.. didn't you?

Mags said...

Dyan: Remember when I used to dress up like a dental hygienist?

Cindy said...

Keebler Elf has nothing on you!! You are such a cutie! The crackers look very pretty. Too bad they were lacking in taste.

oggi said...

You "crack" me up.LOL.

Mags said...

Cindy: Thanks! I know, I wish they'd have tasted better too.

Oggi: LOL... thank you!

Pete Eatemall said...

Too cute. Love the quotes...I havent got to the crackers yet but I am hoping for a break from this love affair with bread...I hope I dont like them too but ....we'll see....love the Elf look...Happy baking!