September 27, 2008

The Daring Bakers go Crackers!

The dough has risen to the challenge!

This month the Daring Bakers made history as our September challenge is vegan and/or gluten free. For the first time ever, the torch has been passed to « Alternative » Daring Bakers : Natalie from Gluten A Go Go, and co-host Shel, of Musings From the Fishbowl. They wanted something savory this month so they chose the recipe for Lavash Crackers from Peter Reinhart's The Bread Baker's Apprentice (pp 178 - 180). To view the recipe for the cracker, check out Natalie or Shel's blogs.

I so look like my own mother in this photo! Thanks to my son Chris who took the photo for me!

We had a lot of freedom with this challenge. Our only restrictions were on the dips - they had to be vegan. No animal products or by products. The crackers could be all purpose wheat (umm, I missed that part until I started to write this) or gluten free. I knew exactly what I was going to do for the dip!

These crackers were so easy and so tasty!

A few years ago when I was visiting my mom and dad, mom had made a spread out of tofu that was so awesome I could have eaten the whole container full. She had gotten the recipe from a lady at her church and kindly passed it on to me (2 times because I lost it the 1st time!). We just call this tofu spread. I wouldn't know what else to call it except for when I tasted it with green olives in it I was reminded of egg salad!


Mom's Friend Oriana's Tofu Spread

1 brick tofu (I used firm)
1/3 cup nutritional yeast flakes
4 tbsp. vegan mayonnaise (you can use regular mayonnaise here also)
1 celery stick, diced fine
2 green onions, diced fine
1/3 cup black olives, diced fine
1/3 cup green olives, diced fine
Sea salt flakes to taste

Place tofu between thick paper towels and place a heavy pot on top to press water out. I let this set for about 10 minutes this way. Mash tofu.

Stir in remaining ingredients, add salt to taste and refrigerate. This spread is very versatile and you can add what more or less of veggies/olives according to your taste.

Don't forget to check out the daring bakers blog roll to see what other members are saying about this challenge!

P.S. I'm editing to let other DB'ers know that I will get to check posts on Sunday evening when I return home. I'm on my way out the door for the weekend!

31 comments:

Elra said...

Tofu spread, now the a new invention. I love tofu and I must say that this recipe intrigue me. Nice looking crackers too.

noble pig said...

Tofu spread? That is a new one for me but a great recipe to have for when I have vegan friends visit, thank you.

shellyfish said...

Your crackers look beautiful! I'm so glad you liked this challenge, and I'm writing down your spread recipe! I love tofu spreads like that, they are so yummy. And don't worry, the crackers didn't have to be whole wheat, that was just an option.

(And I love your candy pumpkins on your banner!)

Vera said...

Tofu spread sounds very interesting! The crackers look delicious.

Cristine said...

Interesting dip! I've never had tofu... maybe I'll have to give it a go! Great job!

Carrie said...

Those crackers look so professional! And I'm going to definitely have to try your tofu spread.

Isa said...

Your crackers turned out great! And I love the tofu spread! =)

RecipeGirl said...

Great job on your crackers! I thought they were good too. And that tofu spread... now THAT is daring!!

Dharm said...

Those crackers look lovely and I think the Tofu spread is inspiring too!

Dana McCauley said...

Tofu can be so delicious when handled deftly. Well done!

Jessie said...

Oh, yum! These look great! I've never made crackers before, but I'm really intrigued now. Thanks for sharing!

+Jessie
a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

Barbara Bakes said...

I love the picture of your dough in the bowl - all plump and ready to use! Your crackers are beautiful!

Jeanine said...

Wonderful job on your lavash crackers. You stepped up to the alternative challenge beautifully!

Vickie LeBlanc said...

oooooooo cute little silver teapot on the cupboard shelf. And crackers and dip look delicious.

Lauren said...

Ooo, your lavash looks amazing, and the tofu spread sounds great!

Lisa said...

The crackers look great and I will have to try that dip. I've never heard of yeast flakes. Where do you buy them?

Proud Italian Cook said...

Very creative dip! I like tofu, it takes on any flavor you give it. I some times buy the "egg salad" tofu at whole foods, delish!

Jenny said...

The tofu sounds kind of like eggless salad, but the green olives must give it a nice flavor. Great job on this challenge!

Bellini Valli said...

The tofu spread sounds amazing HoneyB. Great job with this challenge. Wasn't it fun:D

Hannah said...

Your crackers look great- so thin and crispy. I can't help but be a bit jealous!

Angry Asian said...

thanks for sharing the tofu spread recipe, it looks delicious. i'm impressed with how the thin your crackers came out.

Esi said...

Hope you're having a great weekend! The crackers and dip look fantastic. Where on earth do you find vegan mayo?

Regina said...

A tofu-based spread? Truly creative... I've never had tofu in that form before, but am beginning to think that I need to try it sometime!

Angry Asian said...

i thought about it some more last night and this morning. rather than using firm tofu, do you think i could use super soft silk tofu and just ix-nay the mayo? thanks!

Monica said...

Your tofu spread looks so yummy! I want to try it out. Your crackers are beautiful!

Jenny said...

MMmm, I've never made my own crackers before, I bet these are fantastic. Looks great and so does the dip you've got there!

CookiePie said...

Your crackers are so pretty and professional-looking! And that tofu dip sounds delicious.

Pam said...

Your crackers look tasty - and pretty. I am not a huge tofu fan but I must admit this dip looks and sounds amazing.

Aparna said...

NIce crisp crackers. And your tofu dip is certainly unusual. I'm not a fan of tofu, but I think I'll try this with cream cheese instead.

Susan/Wild Yeast said...

Your crackers look absolutely thin and crisp and the dip recipe is one I'll be saving!

JMom said...

We love tofu, but I don't think we've ever tried it as a spread. This sounds really interesting. I think we'll be making this soon.

You're crackers look beautiful and so even :)

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