LAMN's mom, unlike Kikukat Mom, would write to her nearly daily. She would also send care packages with HOMEMADE goodies in them. In case my mom is reading this, let me say that my mom sent me care packages too, but they were usually filled with purchased snacks...won ton chips, crack seed, colored popcorn, etc.
Okay, now where was I? Oh yeah...LAMN's mom would send care packages with HOMEMADE goodies in them. One goodie stands out above everything else...her lavosh. Mmmmmmmm. . .it was like a sweet cracker, which was ono enough to eat plain, without any cheese spread, potted meat, or fruit butter.
LAMN's mom's lavosh was very different from my first introduction to lavosh, the one at the now-gone Gourmet Hut Hawaii in the old Kaiko`o Mall. They sold lavosh in waxed-paper wrapped parcels. If you went in and requested a sample of a spread, it was likely given to you on a small piece of lavosh (or Carr's crackers). The lavosh there was not something you'd eat plain. . .it had to be topped with a spread.
A few years ago, I tried to make lavosh (local kine). I remember seeing a girl doing a 4-H demonstration on lavosh. She couldn't have been older than 13, so I didn't think it would be difficult. My attempt turned out to be an epic fail. The dough was sticky, and no matter how I tried, I couldn't get it thin enough to be crisp. And to make matters worse, even with sticky dough, the poppy seeds went all over then dang place. I had poppy seeds all over the floor!
Being older and wiser now, armed with a Dyson and having discovered the magic of parchment paper, I thought it was good time to give it another try. This time, I added the poppy seeds in the dough (no more having to sprinkle it on each piece). While I was able to roll the dough thinner and not worry about how I was going to get it on the cookie sheet, the baking time was still something I needed to work on. The 8 minutes called for in the original recipe was not anywhere long enough to yield a crispy product, and soft lavosh is not acceptable in my book. I fiddled with the baking time in order to get snapping-crisp lavosh.
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2 3/4 c flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c butter
1 c buttermilk
3 tbsp poppy seeds (or sesame seeds, or combination)
Sift flour, salt, baking soda, and sugar together. Cut in butter until crumbs form. Stir in buttermilk and poppy seeds. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Using a #40 disher (a generous tablespoon), scoop dough into balls onto floured surface. Flour hands well and smooth balls. Flour dough balls well. On a piece of parchment paper, roll ball of dough out as thinly as possible. Repeat with remaining balls of dough. Place lavosh, parchment paper and all, on cookie sheet. Bake for 23 minutes. Remove lavosh to cooling rack and cool completely before storing.