Authentic Naan Flatbread

 

Authentic Naan Flatbread
Authentic Naan Flatbread

Authentic Naan Flatbread

 

1 ½ cups warm water (115℉)

2 tsp yeast

2 tsp salt

3¼ cups flour

1 tbsp oil or ghee

 

Fit stand mixer with a dough hook.  Place water and yeast in the bowl.  Add salt and flour, mix on low speed until all ingredients are well incorporated.  The dough can be mixed by hand if preferred.

Transfer dough to a storage bowl and cover.*  Note: This will not have the consistency of regular bread dough.  It will be thinner and will easily and quickly mold to the shape of the bowl.

Let dough rise until it has risen and then begins to fall.  This will take at least 2 hours but can take longer depending on the room temperature.  Bread can be left at room temperature for up to 5 hours without any ill effects.

Transfer the bowl of dough to the refrigerator and chill for at least 3 hours or up to 36 hours.

Remove from the refrigerator and cut off ¼ of the dough.  Return the rest to the refrigerator.

Sprinkle a small amount of cornmeal onto a piece of parchment paper.  Shape dough into a ball and, using a rolling pin and your hands, roll dough into an 8” circle on parchment paper/mat.  Use oil or cooking spray on the rolling pin and hands if the dough is too sticky.

Preheat oven to 450℉.

Transfer the rolled dough, on parchment paper, to a cooking sheet and put it in the oven.

Bake for 6-8 minutes or until browned around edges.

Remove from the oven and brush with melted butter, if desired.

Repeat with the remaining dough to make 3 more naans or leave the dough in the refrigerator for up to 3 days to make as needed.

Can be served warm or at room temperature.

*Cover on the bowl should not be airtight as the gasses will need to excape.

 

4 servings, 360 calories per serving

Hack: Use this bread to make a Chicken Pesto Naan Pizza or Spinach Feta Pizza For One!  Try serving it with easy cheesy buffalo chicken dip!

Hack:  Cooked bread will remain fresh for 3-4 days at room temperature or up to 2 weeks in the fridge.  Alternatively, it can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Hack:  Naan dough will keep for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

Hack:  Naan bread can be used as a side for saucy meals, soups or stews.  It can be used for fillings in a similar fashion as tortillas or wraps.  Flatbread pizzas are also a popular item!

 

Garlic Herb Focaccia Bread

Garlic Herb Focaccia Bread is an Italian classic with many uses. It can be served with bruschetta as an appetizer, made into sandwiches or as a side to pasta!

Garlic Herb Focaccia Bread
Garlic Herb Focaccia Bread

Garlic Herb Focaccia Bread

 

7 tbsp olive oil, divided

2 garlic cloves, minced (2 tsp)

1 tbsp dried Italian seasoning

1 ½ cups water

2 tbsp sugar

3 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp dry active yeast

3½ cups flour

1¼ tsp salt

 

In a small bowl, mix 2 tbsp olive oil, garlic and Italian seasoning. Set aside.

Coat a 9” x 13” pan with cooking spray. Drizzle 2 tbsp olive oil over the bottom of the pan.

In a small microwave-safe bowl, mix water, sugar and 3 tbsp olive oil. Heat in microwave to a temperature of between 110℉ – 115℉. This should take less than a minute and it’s very important to use a thermometer to get the correct temperature. (See my recommendation for kitchen thermometers here).

Dissolve yeast in the water mixture and set aside for 7 minutes to proof. It should “bloom” or form a foam on top.

In the meantime, add flour and salt to the bowl of a stand mixer and whisk together with a fork. When the yeast mixture is proofed, add to flour and mix on high speed for 30 seconds.

Scoop batter into prepared pan, cover and let rise for 60 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375℉.

Use your fingers to dimple the surface of the bread. Use your fingers or a pastry brush to drizzle and spread the garlic/herb/olive oil mixture over the surface of the batter. Use more olive oil, if necessary, to ensure that the top is completely coated.

Bake in a preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes then turn out bread onto a wire rack.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

12 servings, 185 calories per serving

Hack: Tightly covered leftovers will remain fresh at room temperature for 2 days or in the refrigerator for 1 week. Alternatively, they can be frozen for up to 3 months.

 

 

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