Daring Bakers: Lavash mezze party

After several months of hardcore, pastry-school-worthy Daring Baker’s challenges such as Danish, Éclairs and Opera Cake, this month’s savoury, flat bread challenge felt like a vacation! Our wise and esteemed hosts were Natalie from Gluten A Go Go and Shellyfish from Musings in the Fishbowl and featured a recipe from Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice.

This challenge was a wonderfully on-trend choice since discussion about the Mediterranean diet has been on TV as well in national magazines such as Eating Well and this article carried by Reuters that reviewed 12 international studies concerned with that diet.

So, as Hurricane Ike left a ravished Texas in his wake and was causing lashes of rain to lick my windows all the way up here in Toronto, I spent an afternoon creating a mezze feast that featured this lavash. That evening I sat down with my son Oliver and our family friend Brian to enjoy a Mediterranean diet-inspired platter of sunshine flavoured roasted tomatoes, organic kalamata olives and Greek sheep and goat cheese. We scooped up these morsels with shards of the crisp lavash. It was a lovely, easy-to-enjoy meal.

If you’d like to duplicate my mezze party, all you need to do is to hit the Waldorf School’s Village Market for olives, cheese, tomatoes and basil; roast the tomatoes; then make Peter’s lavash.

Here’s how I prepared the tomatoes:

• Halve roma tomatoes lengthwise.
• Remove and discard seeds.
• Place tomatoes in a bowl and drizzle with just enough extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar to coat lightly.
• Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper.
• Add a couple of minced garlic cloves and toss to combine.
• Spread tomatoes, cut side up, on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
• Spoon any liquid in the bowl into the tomatoes.
• Roast for 2 hours at 250°F (125°C).
• Cool to room temperature.
• Chop tomatoes and toss with basil chiffonade and more salt, pepper and extra virgin olive oil to taste.

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54 Responses to Daring Bakers: Lavash mezze party

  1. shellyfish says:

    I’m so excited that you enjoyed our Challenge, Dana! And I’ll head to Toronto for a Mediterranean feast any time!

  2. Rosa says:

    Wonderful looking crackers! I love your accompaniments! Really delicious! You did a great job!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  3. Cakelaw says:

    Delicious Dana – love those roasted tomatoes.

  4. Tartasacher says:

    Hello Dana: Very good your recipe of lavahs crackers. Thank you for your visit and comments in my sweet blog

  5. Dharm says:

    That looks really great Dana!!

  6. RecipeGirl says:

    Those roasted tomatoes look absolutely divine!!! Perfect choice for your beautiful crackers!

  7. Cheryl says:

    I adore all this type of food. What a boon that it’s as good for our bodies as it is for our palates. Beautiful spread!!

  8. Courtney says:

    What a spread. I love to nibble on a platter like that. Great job.

  9. Barbara says:

    I love the roasted tomatoes – what a wonderful idea!

  10. Shelley says:

    i just put the tomatoes in the oven. i can’t wait to try them!

  11. megan says:

    Give me a glass of wine and that platter and I’d be in heaven. :)

  12. danamccauley says:

    Hope you like the tomatoes Shelley – i know you’ll know exactly the wine to serve with them! I had extra tomatoes, btw and used them as a simple sauce over papparadelle noodles with shaved grano padano – so good!

    Thanks to the DBer’s who’ve popped by today. It was a great challenge and I am so happy to have shared it with all of you!

  13. Laurie says:

    These look very pretty Dana!! :)

  14. Looks delicious I love the sound of the dip.

  15. Aran says:

    looks great dana!

  16. rachel says:

    Pretty presentation!

  17. Christine says:

    So pretty and I love the roasted tomatoes!

  18. BakinginOregon - Erik says:

    What a wonderful idea, I love the Mediterranean theme. Great choice. Well done.

  19. Natashya says:

    Your feast looks wonderful. And since I am your neighbour…… I will be right over!
    Any wine preferences?

  20. danamccauley says:

    Natashya: Are you really my neighbour? If so, email me and let me know what street you’re on. It would be so cool to meet a neighbour via the world wide web!

  21. Leslie says:

    Everything you whipped up looks wonderful!

  22. Andrea says:

    That looks like a wonderful meal!

  23. Marie says:

    Yum! Your lavash looks divine. I am not wishing I made some.

  24. Claire says:

    Can you get sunshine flavoring in a bottle? After three days of rain, I’d love to order some!

    Your lavash looks wonderfully crispy – well done!

  25. danamccauley says:

    My sunshine flavouring in a bottle is called a pina colada fortified with a vitamin D tablet…try one and let me know if it helps

  26. enza says:

    your crackers look awesome and nice bubbling like crispy pillows.
    great job

  27. jasmine says:

    Very lovely…

    WRT Beelzebub, he’s quite old and needs to be replaced. Not going to bring in the serviceman to recalibrate…will save up for a new stove…hopefully gas.

    j

  28. danamccauley says:

    Hope you have full coffers soon Jasmine – that beelzebub oven is not a good scene!

  29. dinnerwithjulie says:

    29 comments! I have comment envy.
    Your lavash look just like mine! I’m wishing I had eaten mine the same way you did, though. Yum.

  30. Deeba says:

    What a rocking good party…the dip is outstanding!!

  31. Elra says:

    good looking crackers and good idea on roasting the tomato for the spread. I am sure it taste great.

  32. BC says:

    This challenge was a vacation compared to others! Roasted tomatoes sound fabulous and the chrackers look gorgeous.

  33. s and the r says:

    Beautiful! We love slow roasted tomatoes, but we pulled the last harvest from the garden a few weeks ago, so I’ll have to haunt the farmer’s market to see what they have so we can make these with our next batch of crackers.

  34. Bumblebutton says:

    Very pretty, and very festive! Bet it brightened your stormy skies!

  35. veron says:

    These are great looking lavash! Great job!

  36. Mmmm….lovely fixings to go with your lavash crackers. Great ideas!

  37. Tartelette says:

    Fabulous spread! Loooks delicious!

  38. Arika says:

    Thanks for your very sweet comment. Your lavash looks divine and I love your blog! I fullt intend to roast my first chicken following your instructions in the coming weeks.

    Arika
    My Yummy Life

  39. Shari says:

    Your Mediterranean party sounds delicious and fun!

  40. danamccauley says:

    Thanks to all who have stopped by! Airka, let me know how your chicken works out.

  41. You did amazing, that mediterranean dip sounds really yummy!

  42. Lan says:

    thank you for the step by step guide to your gorgeous roasted tomatoes. your lavash looks so effortless! i must say that your first paragraph kinda intimidated me. this was my first challenge and you mentioned that the previous challenges made this challenge seem like… cake… well, i thought *this* challenge was hard! :) now it makes me wonder if the next will be a “hardcore, pastry-school-worthy” challenge? i think i’m up for it, what with the warm welcome i’ve received and hopefully assistance from the more seasoned bakers in the group, such as yourself! :) thanks again!

  43. danamccauley says:

    Lan, don’t worry! If you can read you can bake anything! The hard-core pastry school worthy challenges just take more time both to make and to work off your hips.

  44. Ivonne says:

    How come I don’t get invited to these kinds of parties … ???

    Beautiful job, Dana!

  45. Marie says:

    Dana, Can I be invited to your party? Perfect pairing, I love it all , and your crackers are so nice and thin. You have my vote here!

  46. danamccauley says:

    It sounds like I might need to buy some folding chairs before I have this party again. No worries! the more the merrier.

  47. HoneyB says:

    It all looks so delicious!

  48. Lauren says:

    Ooo, your lavash looks wonderful! Great presentation!!

  49. BitterSweet says:

    Nice lavash- and those tomatoes sound so simple and tasty!

  50. Looks delicious and such a lovely presentation!

  51. Y says:

    Looks like the perfect way to enjoy those crackers :)

  52. Great looking lavash… The roasted tomatoes, olives and Greek sheep and goat cheese sounds like a very tasty lavash topper. Yummy!

  53. Vera says:

    Dana, the whole set is amazing! I love every single component!

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