Saturday, September 27, 2008

Dare You to Make Fresh Cranberry Jam (with Lavash Crackers)!

The Daring Bakers: Lavash Cracker's Challenge!

Since Fall is in full swing, I added a little autumn-goodness to my Daring Baker challenge this month... Fresh Cranberry Jam. About this time last year I had wanted to make some things with fresh cranberries and found that in early fall you can only find those little guys tucked away in the corner of a gourmet market's freezer section for $5.99 a bag. Lesson learned, I purchased several bags of the fresh variety last November to store in my freezer for cranberrying all year long.

Never having preserved anything, I took the plunge, bought the little jars, looked up the directions in my canning cookbook and I was good to go. This recipe made 2 cups... perfect in case of screw-up. No problem- all was wonderful. Though a bit more chunky than I expected, the jam is delicious... sweet and tasty, and it has fall written all over it.

What better to go with that cranberry jam than pepitas! I topped some of my crackers with raw pepitas, and they roasted up nicely with the baking of the crackers.


It was a delicious combination and a great fall snack.

But we needed a Happy Hour appetizer to munch on while watching the first Presidential debate... so I went with a summery dip for my other crackers... Spicy White Bean and Avocado Dip.


While the avocado dip looks like guacamole, it's actually rather different. There are white cannellini beans mashed within, and there is a *mint* component added to the flavor. It was a nice change from our usual guac., and we enjoyed it with our long and fancy Lavash Crackers!

As far as the challenge goes, I enjoyed the simplicity of it. Although my dough never quite reached that *windowpane* description of easy-to-pull-apart-without-tearing, it rolled out perfectly and baked up as crisp as crackers should be. I did think that they were rather good crackers too. And they were easy enough to make again for something more exciting than a Presidential debate!

Thanks to Natalie (Gluten a Go Go) and Shel (Musings from the FishBowl) for hosting this month's challenge.

The Lavash Cracker recipe can be found HERE.
The Fresh Cranberry Jam recipe can be found HERE.
The Spicy White Bean & Avocado Dip recipe can be found HERE.

58 comments:

Parker said...

Wow those are all really beautiful photos and presentation. The recipes sound great...especially that jam.

CookiePie said...

Lovely! Your long, fancy crackers are so pretty, and I LOVE the pepitas wit cranberry jam idea! So creative and I'm sure delicious. Well done!

Dharm said...

Cranberry Jam? You are amazing! Love how you cut the crackers and the presentation is lovely too! Great Job!

Barbara Bakes said...

I'm impressed you saved cranberries from last November! You must be super organized. The jam sounds wonderful and your crackers and beautiful!

Dana McCauley said...

Lovely photos - those wavy lavash standing in the glass dish are just perfect!

Lisa said...

Very creative! They look beautiful even before they were baked.

Jeanine said...

Mmm...that cranberry jam looks FANTASTIC! I bet it tasted wonderful with the lavash crackers. Great job!

Manggy said...

Hey, I didn't know you were already a daring baker! Nice job! (I especially love the Art Deco waves! How very chic!! :) I don't think you can do wrong with a P. Reinhardt recipe! :)

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

That last picture is fantastic!!! I love all your flavor combination and dips and goo on you for learning how to can too! Impressive, indeed!

Patsyk said...

First of all, your pictures are absolutely magazine, drool-worthy! I'm going to have to try both your dip and the jam... they sound amazing!

Elra said...

Wow,
That crackers look so pretty. You are very artistic indeed. Very impressive!
Why didn't I think of cranberry dip? You just give me an idea for my next list to make.

Alexa said...

Thank you for your kind comment on my blog. I am so glad to have found yours as well. :-)
Your rendition of DB challenge is wonderful: the crackers look so pretty and the jam is Autumn perfect.

bakinginoregon said...

Beautiful crackers! Love the idea of the cranberry jam as well - that one's going in the file for later.

Baking Soda said...

Very very tasty dips! Wonder how you were able to make such picture perfect cuts?

(boohoo... now I have to wait till november to make cranberry jam! I want some!!)

Gretchen Noelle said...

I adore the cracker shapes, the pepitas look perfect and the jam sounds unbelievable! great job on these - very impressive!!

Megan said...

Your crackers are soo pretty. You inspire me to make more! And the jam, the glorious jam. I've been on quite a jam kick!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

Those crackers look great and I love the autumn twist of cranberry jam and pumpkin seeds. The dip also looks like a fun change.

Lauren said...

Oh wow! Your lavash looks amazing, and those toppings? Perfect!

Leslie said...

everything about your creations in one word..PERFECT!

Em said...

Holy cow - could that be any more gorgeous? WOW!

BC said...

I just don't think they could be any more beautiful or inspiring. Wow!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Your lavash look just gorgeous, Lori! I love the curves and angles. Sooo pretty! I used pepitas too.

That cranberry jam was a great idea. It looks perfect for Fall.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Great job on your first jam! And what can I say about your swril crackers? So beautiful!

Claire said...

I love the swervy crackers - so pretty - I'm amazed you got them to come out so perfectly even! Such an eye for detail. Nicely done.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Everything looks so beautiful and scrumptious! I love your pictures, the shape of your crackers and that seasonal cranberry jam!

Cheers,

Rosa

Maria said...

everything looks great! I can't wait to serve these up!

Jan said...

This all looks amazing, I love those curly crackers with the spicy bean and avocado dip.

April said...

Your lavash crackers look fantastic! The cranberry jam look wonderful too!

Lori Lynn said...

Love that whimsical last photo Lori!

noble pig said...

Love the pepita's! Your crack's are beautiful.

culinography said...

I love, love, love the many shapes... especially the wavey ones! Beautifully done (and the jam sounds amazing)!

Adam said...

Wow, you have my full attention with such beautiful cranberry jam :) I love cranberry anything... thanks for the recipe, I'll have to try it.

And I dont even need a blender ;) Yup you're right about the shopping thing...

Anita said...

I love all the different colors an shapes you used...it almost looks like Christmas!

cuisine by monsoon said...

wow! this looks so good!:)
I haven't tried lavash crackers with jam yet and cranberry jam sounds delicious to me.:)))))

jillian said...

The pepitas and cranberries look amazing together! I love the designs you cut out- very impressive

Katrina said...

The crackers looks very pretty and looks like you did a great job. Yum, the jam!

Stacey Snacks said...

Your cracker dough is beautiful on its own.
I love the design. Had to look twice to realize that it was dough!
Stacey Snacks

VeggieGirl said...

Recipe Girl, your crackers are PERFECT, if you ask me!! Love the pepitas you added; and those dips!! Wowza!! Love the Spicy White Bean & Avocado dip, and of COURSE that Cranberry jam - yum!! Nice work on this month's DBC!! :0)

Prudy said...

Those look delicious and I love your presentation and the photos.

Maggie said...

The wavy crackers are gorgeous and I love the idea of avocado and white beans together. Wonderful job!

Aggie said...

Oh wow, these are all great! I am going to have to learn how to make these lavash crackers I'm seeing! Your jam and dip look soooo delicious!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Your lavash crackers look lavish! Stunning presentations!

Grace said...

your accompaniments are gorgeously colored--it's like christmas. :) frankly, i'm not sure which i'd prefer, as i'm obsessed with both avocado and all things cranberry. :)

That Girl said...

I know this is about the cranberry jam, but I can't wait to try that avocado dip!

creampuff said...

Love those groovy crackers! (and the jam!)

Heather said...

i've never thought about doing white bean and guac together - that sounds AMAZING! I have to try it immediately!!!

Esi said...

Your photos are fantastic. I will have to pick up some pepitas the next time I go to the farmers market. I saw them today and they looked so tempting!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

How smart you are. Using pumpkin seeds with the crackers. I love it. Great job.

Jenny said...

Cute little crackers! They all look so fun, I bet they were tasty with that jam!

HoneyB said...

Lori you did a beautiful job! It all looks lovely and delicious! So does your pumpkin chip cake post!

jo said...

what lovely looking lavash and a cranberry jam dip ... who would have thought of it. :)

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I don't know where to start! You must have the steadiest hand on the planet to cut those out! So fun!
Then you do cranberry jam AND bean with avocado dips! ;0) I also have a bag of cranberries in my freezer! now they have a mission.

talida said...

Great shapes, and great dips! Loving it all :)

Laura said...

Gorgeous. I can hardly wait until the house is done so I can get back to the Daring Bakers. The cranberry jam as dip is inspired.

Jon said...

I love cannellini mash. I first learned about it at a place called Not Your Average Joes.

Which in my opinion is pretty average restaurant.

That's a great idea to add some new flavor to Guac.

We Are Never Full said...

absolutely beautiful and creative ways to do lavash. love, love, love it. the ones with the pumpkin seeds are making my mouth water.

Tartelette said...

Fabulous job on the challenge! Love all the shapes and toppings and the spreads. Yum!

Rosie said...

Everything looks so beautiful and scrummy!

Rosie x