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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Naan "puff-up" bread

So, I have wanted to try this for ages! Last week I invited some good friends over for dinner and decided it's time...I made a coconut and chicken Indian curry with brown rice and  amazingly soft, scrumptious, and melt in the mouth naan bread! I was super chuffed when they actually puffed up in the oven - just like they do when you get them at a restaurant.. Easy, fun and delicious!

A few simple ingredients:

4 cups of white flour
1 tsp sugar and 1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp yeast
1/2 cup melted butter
1/4 tspn garlic
1 1/4 cup warm milk

Here's how 

  1. Warm your milk slightly and add the yeast to it. Allow it to rest for 10 minutes; the yeast should make the warm milk a little fizzy. 
  2. Meanwhile, combine the flour, salt, sugar and garlic in a bowl. Add the softened / melted butter.
3. Next, add the warm milk mixture to the flour. Mix and knead for 10 minutes until the dough is elastic. Form a small ball, place the dough in a bowl covered with cling film. 
Allow to proof for 2 hours until it has doubled in size. 
4. Once it has doubled in size, form 8 small balls like this. 


5. Set the oven temperature at 220'. Allow the dough to rest for about 20-30 minutes, and then roll out.
6. Bake in the oven for about 4 minutes. By this time you should see them starting to PUFF up and form light brown spots.

You can wait one or 2 more minutes- just check that they don't brown too much. Take out of the oven, allow to cool a bit and serve with a cream cheese and chive yogurt dip and a spicy curry!

Johan being VERY Korean!
Trifle for dessert

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