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Saturday, 27 September 2008

Lavash Crackers & Avocado Salsa – Daring Bakers Challenge


The hosts for this month’s Daring Bakers challenge are Natalie @ Gluten a Go Go & Shel @ Musings From The Fish Bowl. They are both making history at the Daring Bakers due to the torch being handed over for the first time to Alternative – Daring Bakers! - Well done ladies!! They certainly stepped up to the plate with a most wonderful challenge this month of Lavash crackers (with a choice of gluten free or non gluten free), and our own choice of toppings/dip/salsa/relish or spreads.


What are Lavash crackers? They are an Armenian style cracker and similar to the many other Middle Eastern and North African flatbreads, known by different names such as, mankoush or mannaeesh (Lebanese), barbari (Iranian), Khoubiz or Khobz (Arabian). Aiysh (Egyptian) kesret and mella (Tunisian), pide or pita (Turkish) and pideh (Armenian). The main difference between these breads is how thick or thin the dough is rolled and how it is baked. Many of these breads would be cooked on stones or red hot pans. The key element to a good crisp lavash is to ensure the dough is rolled paper thin. The sheet of dough can be cut into shapes before baking or broken into shards after baking.



I have never heard let alone attempted to bake these delicious crackers before, but I must admit they are spectacular and I will certainly be baking these again! The Daring Bakers wanted us to use our imaginations and creativity with various toppings for the crackers; it’s always great to be able to add one’s own touches to a bake. The toppings I used in my crackers are; sweet smoked paprika, cumin seeds, sesame seeds, Maldon sea salt, mixed dried herbs & cayenne pepper and I adore the rustic finish of broken shards to these crackers. To accompany the crackers, I selected an Avocado Salsa but the margins here were endless for salsa etc, just as long as it was vegan and gluten free.

I really have enjoyed this month’s challenge it’s been a blast! I felt like an Armenian mamma lifting the dough from the work surface and waving it in the air to place it down again to relax before re-rolling once again until paper thin.







For The Avocado Salsa

Ingredients
1 small ripe avocado
½ small red onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbps fresh coriander, chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped very finely
½ red chilli chopped into tiny pieces or add more if you prefer it hotter
Pinch of sugar
Salt & pepper
Garnish with either sprigs of coriander or flat leaf parsley.

Method

Stone, peel and dice the avocado, then mix with the onion, lime juice, coriander, garlic, red chilli and sugar. Season to taste and place into a serving bowl and wrap in cling film and set aside for 10 minutes for the flavours to mingle before eating. Garnish with coriander or flat leaf parsley.

23 comments:

Swati said...

These crackers look and taste different and the salsa is the show stealer!!

Rachel said...

I love the shards...

Cakelaw said...

I love your cracker toppings and the salsa Rosie - delicious!

Donna said...

Looks Tasty Sweetie! Happy weekend!hughugs

Ivy said...

Great Job Rosie with those crackers and you've done a lovely dip as well.

Emily Rose said...

These look delicious! You are like a real American mama Rosie!

tartasacher said...

Hello Rosie:

Fantastic your lavahs crackers. I'm also member of the daring bakers. I'm in my blog my recipe for the challeger september.
My lavahs cracker is whit sweet sauces of fruits

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

hi rosie
you have lived upto the expectations the lavash crackers and the avocado salsa looks great and must have tasted great ! A nice post and nice recipe for success.

Lauren said...

Yum, your lavash looks wonderful. I love the shards!

Uma said...

ooh, awesome crackers Rosie! Crunchy, munchy!

Lore said...

I could live on crackers all my life and yours certainly make me wish to :D. That salsa sounds great too Rosie!

Bellini Valli said...

You did the DB proud Rosie!!!! Wasn't this a fun challenge!!!

RecipeGirl said...

Love how the shards look! And that avocado salsa looks scrumptious. Great job :)

toontz said...

Mmmm..perfect. I think I would eat every one of those crackers and all the dip. And I am not ashamed to admit it.

Magnolia Wedding Planner said...

wow rosie this recipe is fantastic and your photos are incredibly stunning! very good job dear!
a big kiss!
Silvia

culinarytravelsofakitchengoddess said...

Oooh Rosie the lavash looks so good, great job on this fab challenge.

Bridgett said...

These look fantastic Rosie! I like the shape of these as it makes them look more rustic....perfect in my opinion.

Aparna said...

Your crackers are looking thin and crisp. I like the simple flavours in your salsa, Rosie.

Margaret said...

I am pleased that you have explained what Lavash crackers are. I really had no idea. As you say they really do look spectacular.

Lisa said...

Your crackers are so thin, crispy looking and all around perfect! Nice job, especially with the Avocado dip!

Rosie said...

Many thanks my 'dear' friends for all your lovely comments :) I have been out of the loop again as family had been staying and then I came down with one nasty cough and cold, but I will be calling by very shortly to view your wonderful creations :)

Best wishes Rosie x

natalia said...

Ciao Rosie ! I love your crakers ! I think I'll make them again too . (nice cake too and THANK YOU !)

glamah16 said...

Beautiful job and always and love the idea of avaocado salsa.