Tuesday, June 5, 2012

TWD: Oasis Naan

I've never eaten naan before, and have certainly never baked it before.  Needless to say, I was a bit nervous about this week's Tuesdays With Dorie recipe.  Once I read over the recipe, however, I realized it isn't a complicated recipe at all.  I approached Baking Day with confidence!





You begin by making a simple yeast dough with flour, yeast, and salt.  After rising, form the dough into eight flat rounds.






The dough is soft and so easy to work with.   Sprinkle each circle with water and prick all over with a fork, leaving a 1-2 inch edge.  Sprinkle with coarse salt and scallions (or sesame seeds as I did).  The recipe also suggested cumin or caraway seeds, but I had neither.





The naan is baked at a very high temperature--500 degrees--for 6 to 8 minutes, though mine took almost double that time.  (Admittedly, my naan was not rolled as thin as they suggested in the recipe.)  Traditionally, naan is baked on hot quarry tiles or stones.  While I do have several baking stones, I grabbed my thinnest baking sheet, hoping it would help in baking these more quickly.






Once the naan came out of the oven, I could hardly wait to rip into one and taste.  The texture is chewy like a bagel, but also reminds me of a soft pretzel.  The salt and sesame seeds on top give a wonderful taste!





My whole family enjoyed this recipe, and I'll definitely make these again!  My photographs make the naan appear very pale, but in actuality, they were a nice golden brown.  :)


Today's TWD hosts are Maggie of Always Add More Butter and Phyl of Of Cabbages and King Cakes.  Please visit their blogs for the complete recipe for Oasis Naan!

16 comments:

  1. Your naan looks wonderful! I will also be making this one again…loved it!

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  2. I was happy to make this recipe. Naan has been on my 'baking bucket list' for ages. I need to practice the 'round' part of this recipe. Whatever shape they were delicious.

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    1. Cindy, I don't think mine were flat enough, but honestly, I loved the chewiness of the thicker naan! :)

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  3. That looks so yummy! I want some with olive oil, please. ;-)

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    1. I want to bake some more-----and serving with olive oil to dip would be SO good!

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  4. Nice pictures! I like the chewy salty ones, too...

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  5. Your naan looks perfect! I'll have to give these a shot with sesame seeds -- what a great combination!

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    1. Thanks Heather! Definitely try with sesame seeds!

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  6. Wish I had some sesame seeds to try it with. Yours looks great!

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  7. Such perfect rounds you made! Glad you enjoyed them.

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    1. Round and poufy! And delicious! :)

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  8. They look beautiful - I love the lighting in the picture.

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