Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Naan


This is a recipe that I found on My Kitchen Cafe, one of my favorite food blogs. After I saw the recipe I knew that I wouldn't be able to completely enjoy my life until I tried it, and it's just as good as it looks. From what I read, Naan is an Indian flatbread that is meant to be eaten with garlic butter and curry. But it seems like you could make this bread for so many other things. It reminded me of "fry bread" that had been baked, and was great with honey butter on it. I could also see myself baking this bread and piling it high with chili, cheese, tomatoes, the works. It's also great by itself, I couldn't stop eating this bread! When you make this bread though, make it on a day that you know you could have it all eaten that day. It's delicious the day of, but didn't taste that great to us the next day. I hope you try it though, it's fun and easy to make!

Naan

Ingredients

14 ounces (about 2 3/4 cups) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons instant yeast
1 egg
1/2 cup plain lowfat yogurt
1/2 cup milk

Directions

In the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a large bowl by hand), stir together the flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, and yeast. In a small bowl, mix together the egg, yogurt, and milk. Pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients and stir for about 1 minute, until the dry ingredients are completely incorporated into the wet ingredients. Increase machine speed to 2 (or by hand) and knead the dough until it is smooth and shiny. Remove the bowl from the mixer and cover with a towel. Leave in a warm place to rise until the dough doubles in size, about an hour. Put a baking stone or heavy baking sheet on the lowest rack of your oven. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees for at least 30 minutes prior to baking. Divide the dough into eight pieces and form into teardrop (mine were more like oval) shapes with your hands, about 6 to 8 inches across. Cook two or three pieces at a time. Drop the dough onto the hot stone and shut the oven door, watching until they are just starting to turn brown in places, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the naan and lay on a board.

I also got an award from MaryBeth at Dunkin Cooking the Semi Homemade Way. I love MaryBeth's blog and she's always got things posted that make my mouth water. Thanks so much MaryBeth, it's a really cute award!



Along with the award came this little quote:

"These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated."It also says : "Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award."

So I would like to pass this on to the eight following food bloggers:

1. Lynette at Netts Nook
2. Donna at My Tasty Treasures
3. Melissa at Schweet 'N Savory
4. The gang at Eat at Betts
5. Rebekah at Yummy Tummies
6. Melody at Cheat Day Cafe
7. Christine at Cooking with Christine
8. Biz at Biggest Diabetic Loser
All of these blogs are definitely worth your attention and are always providing me great food ideas!

12 comments:

Melanie said...

Oooh, just seeing your post has me craving this bread again. I'm so glad you liked it! And I love your ideas on how to transform it to other cuisines. Yum.

Cristine said...

Thank you so much for the award! You're too sweet!

I LOVE naan! I usually eat it with chicken that has been cooked with curry paste and coconut milk. Your post is making me want it NOW! :)

Donna-FFW said...

Teresa.. thank you so very much for thinking of me. I love the Naan. It looks wonderful. I should really try it. Thanks again for thinking of me!

MaryBeth said...

I am so glad you like the award...you deserve it!

Netts Nook said...

Teresa Oh my I have always wanted to NAAN it is the hubby fav I will have to try. Thanks for the award you are so sweet.

jor said...

Congrats on the award and that bread looks really good. We love bread in this house!

Melody said...

Thanks for the award! I've been secretly coveting one for my sidebar. The naan looks delicious!

Sara said...

I love naan! I've never made it at home before. I had a failed attempt at pita bread a while back, so I think that's why I haven't tried it yet. This looks like a great one to try though!

jscardon said...

You're kidding?!? Another fellow nan-lover?? Yes!! I'm addicted to nan, and have tried many, many recipes without ever getting a really good result. I'm definitely trying this one!! I usually just buy the premade kind you can find in the deli section of grocery stores-- and it is really delish served with rice and curry or other delectable Indian sauces...I'll have to tell you about my all-time fav Indian restaurant here in Philly. SO good!!

nathalia said...

Yum. Indian food. Indian breads - double yum!

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