lavash cracker bread

5.28.2010

Ak-mak are my favorite crackers, slightly sweet with a big crunch.  I eat them with everything, from nutella to goat cheese, for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

I've always wanted to make my own crackers but I've always been fearful to work with yeast.  My dough just never rises for some reason. Now that I live in the South, where the air is a bit more humid than up North, I've decided to give yeast another try. So what do I decide to make? My own version of ak-mak wheat crackers of course!

lavash cracker bread
ingredients
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 (1/4 ounce) envelope active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1-1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
directions
  1. in a large bowl, stir together the water, sugar and yeast until dissolved. mix in 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour until moistened. mix in salt, honey, and the rest of the whole wheat flour. gradually mix in the rest of the flour using a mixer with a dough hook attachment or wooden spoon. 
  2. when the dough comes together, knead in your mixer or on a floured surface for 8 to 10 minutes to make an elastic ball. add more flour or water if needed to keep dough from getting sticky or too stiff. pour a little bit of oil in the bowl and turn the dough to coat. cover and let rise in warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  3. punch down the dough and divide into 30 pieces about the size of small walnuts. roll each piece into a ball and cover with a damp kitchen towel for 30 minutes to rest.
  4. preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. place a baking sheet on the center rack of the oven so it can preheat at the same time. do not grease.
  5. roll each ball into a circle about 8 inches across. the dough should be paper thin, almost translucent. 
  6. pull out the oven shelf and place as many crackers on your baking sheet as you can fit, 2 or 3. close the oven and bake for about 3 minutes. the crackers should be lightly browned on the top with small bubbles. 
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