Lavash Crackers

Lavash can be a soft flatbread, but Jessamyn Waldman developed this recipe based on Armenian-style lavash, which is very crisp and dusted with seeds or spices.

Recipe from Food & Wine
Lavash Crackers
Zubin Shroff
YIELD
35 crackers
PREP TIME
1 hr 45 mins
TOTAL TIME
2 hrs 30 mins
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Ingredients
  • 1   envelope active dry yeast
  • 1 1/4  cups lukewarm water
  • 4   cups bread flour
  • 1/4  cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2   tablespoons honey
  •  Kosher salt
  •  Vegetable oil, for rubbing
  • 1   tablespoon each of za'atar, sesame seeds and poppy seeds for sprinkling (see Note)
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Directions
1. 
In the bowl of a standing electric mixer, combine the yeast with 2 tablespoons of the water and let stand until moistened. Add the flour, olive oil, honey, 2 teaspoons of salt, and the remaining water. Fit the mixer with the dough hook and mix on medium-low until a firm, supple dough forms, 15 minutes. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and cut into thirds; let stand for 15 minutes.
2. 
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly coat the underside of three 12-by-15-inch rimmed sheet pans with vegetable oil. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to rectangles slightly larger than the sheet pans, a scant 1/8 inch thick; if the dough springs back, let rest for a few minutes before rolling again. Drape each rectangle over the underside of each sheet pan so it hangs over the edge.
3. 
Sprinkle each rectangle with water, then sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt and 1 tablespoon each of the za'atar and sesame and poppy seeds (1 flavor per tray). Leave the dough whole or, using a pastry wheel, cut it into twelve 3-by-5-inch pieces.
4. 
If you have 3 racks in your oven, bake 1 pan of lavash on each rack for 40 minutes, until browned and crisp; shift the pans halfway through baking. If you have 2 racks, bake the lavash in shifts for 35 minutes per batch. Transfer the lavash to racks and let cool. Break the lavash as desired and serve.
NOTE:
1. 
Za'atar, a Middle Eastern mix of sesame seeds, herbs and sumac, is available at specialty shops and from penzeys.com.
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