Yield: 12 servings
|1 pack||(2-1/4 teaspoons) active|
|\N \N||Dry yeast|
|1¼ cup||Warm water|
|4 cups||All-purpose flour|
|¼ cup||Sesame seeds, toasted|
"Very aromatic and delicate, this Armenian Cracker Bread is the perfect complement to your favorite chicken salad. 350~F. 8 to 12 minutes
In a small bowl, combine the yeast with ½ teaspoon of the sugar and ¼ cup of the warm water. Set aside in a warm place until the yeast is dissolved and starts to foam, about 5 to 10 minutes.
Combine the flour, sesame seeds, remaining 1-½ teaspoons of sugar, and salt in a large bowl or the food processor. Stir in the yeast mixture and mix well. Add enough of the remaining ¾ to 1 cup warm water to form a dough that will hold together in a cohesive ball. The dough should be smooth and elastic, not sticky.
Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and turn over to coat all sides. Cover with a damp towel and set it in a warm place until it has doubled in bulk, about 1-½ to 2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 350~F. Punch the dough down and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead a few strokes. Cut the dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a large circle approximately 7 to 8 inches in diameter and ⅛ inch thick.
Place the circles on a baking sheet and prick them all over with the tines of a fork. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes, until just barely browned and crisp. Cool on a rack. Yield: 12.
VARIATIONS: Substitute poppy seeds for the sesame seeds, or omit the seeds.