Black Forest Cracker Bread (Knacker Brot)
(from tdwilli’s recipe box)
This recipe calls for flavoring the bread with salt, poppy seeds, and caraway seeds, but the options are virtually endless. You might try curry powder or paprika, which are also delicious. Cracker bread pairs nicely with stews, soups, and salads. For a dramatic and attractive presentation, break the baked bread haphazardly into large pieces and arrange them in baskets.
Source: Chef2Chef Food Service
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 1 1/2 tablespoons dry active yeast
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 cups bread flour, sifted
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease the backs of two 11×17-inch baking sheets with vegetable shortening.
Combine the water, yeast and honey in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment and mix on low speed until well combined. Add the olive oil, flour and salt and continue mixing until incorporated. Increase the speed to medium and mix the dough until it forms a stiff ball. (If the dough is too wet, add a bit more flour.)
Remove the dough from the bowl, divide in half and stretch each half over the back of one of the prepared baking sheets.
Beat the two eggs together with the tablespoon of water to make an egg wash. Brush the dough with the egg wash and sprinkle with equal amounts of the caraway seeds, poppy seeds and salt. Bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes. Cool the bread directly on the baking sheets and break into pieces to serve.