Saturday, September 27, 2008

Daring Bakers: Crackers & Dip


This month's challenge for the daring bakers was different. Checking out the hosts, Natalie from Gluten A Go Go, Shel, of Musings From the Fishbowl, I knew that one was vegan and one was gluten-free. I couldn't think of many things for the challenge, at all, but was somewhat relieved when it was finally known and it turned out to be nothing scarier than crackers (lavash) and some kind of vegan, gluten-free dip.

See, I certainly don't mind vegan or gluten-free cooking, but I'm not a big fan of using substitutes. I rather cook naturally free of certain things, rather than use something like vegan dairy, for instance. So, glad I didn't have to!

In fact, we could choose to make our lavash with or without gluten, and I used regular bread flour for mine. Or well, regular - it was a medium dark wholewheat flour. It turned out I needed more water than the original recipe called for, but other than that the dough behaved beautifull and gave me no problems at all.

I topped half of my lavash with a nice chili lime spice blend and sea salt and the other half with cumin and chili. For the dip, I made a roasted green tomato relish, since I had so many green tomatoes in the garden.

Roasted Green Tomato Relish
300 g green tomatoes
1 jalapeño, stem cut off but otherwise left intact
2 garlic cloves

Heat the oven to 200°C and place all ingredients on a rimmed baking sheet. Put them in the oven to roast for 15-20 minutes - they should start to look a little blackened by that time.

Tip the whole thing into a food processor, blitz away, and you're done!

I admit that this wasn't one of the most exciting challenges I've made, nor was I a big fan of the finish lavash (or the dip) - but I brought them to a party where they were very well received!


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Alexa said...

Well done with month's challenge. The dip sounds rally nice too.

glamah16 said...

Well it sounded good and I bet it was great.

Eileen said...

Nice job and the dip sounds interesting.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to hear that you weren't that fond of the finished product, but your crackers really are beautiful!

BC said...

I'm not a fan of substitutes either. but I liked trying this recipe 3 times.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Very well done! Your crackers and dip look delicious!



Katie said...

Your crackers look wonderfully thin and crispy. Love the sound of the chili and lime spice rub.

Dagmar said...

They look very crisp and nice. I didn't think I would like the challenge, but I did :-)

Rebecca said...

I love green tomatoes; I probably would have consumed your pretty crackers and delicious-sounding dip had I been at that party!

Babeth said...

Great job!

Anonymous said...

Sucha simple but delicious sounding relish. thanks for the great ideas!

Meeta K. Wolff said...

roasted green tomatoes! oh now that is gorgeous! your crackers look great too, even if you did not like them too much!

Jeanne said...

Mmm, I like the sound of your topping on the crackers, and I'm bookmarking the green tomato recipe as it seems that's all my garden will yield this year!!

Lisa said...

Very creative using green tomatoes, and a chili lime rub! Everything came out gorgeous, even though you didn't care for the taste that much. I'll eat whatever you don't want ;D