Philadelphia Bread Recipe List

City Tavern Restaurant

138 S. 2nd St at Walnut, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Black Forest Cracker Bread

Makes Two 11” x 17” Sheets

Ingredients for Black Forest Cracker Bread

1 1/4 cups Water
1 1/2 tbsp Dry Active Yeast
2 tbsp Honey
6 tbsp Olive Oil
3 cups Bread Flour, sifted
1 1/2 tsp Salt
2 Eggs
1 tbsp Water
1 tbsp Caraway Seeds
1 tbsp Poppy Seeds
1 tbsp Kosher Salt


Crisp and flavorful, this unleavened bread is baked in large sheets and resembles Middle Eastern lavash.
This recipe calls for flavoring the bread with salt, poppy seeds, and caraway seeds, but the options are virtually endless. You might want to try curry powder or paprika, which are also delicious.V Cracker bread pairs nicely with stews, soups, and salads. For a dramatic and attractive presentation, break the baked sheet of bread haphazardly into large pieces, and arrange them in baskets.

Method for Black Forest Cracker Bread

• Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease the backs of two 11 x 17 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 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.

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