Two wings lift a person up from earthy concerns: simplicity and purity. Simplicity should be in intention, purity in feelings. Simplicity reaches out after God, purity catches hold and tastes. ~ Thomas A’Kempis

Saturday, 18 September 2010

'Fabulous & Easy Naan Bread'

A few weeks back I was making a beef curry and decided to google a recipe for Naan bread. I found this one, and its amazing. Lovely, soft and chewy..perfect for soaking up juices from curries..I hope you'll try it.
You'll need:
2 t dried yeast
2 t sugar
1 cup warm water

3 T warm milk
1/4 cup white sugar
2 lge cloves garlic crushed
4 1/2 C bread flour
2 t sea salt
1/4 C melted butter


1. Dissolve the 1st measure of sugar in the warm water. Sprinkle the yeast over. Cover with cling film,wrap in a small towel and set aside in a warm place for 15 minutes - to froth.

2. Put the dough hook on your mixer. Into the mixing bowl add all the remaining ingredients, egg, milk, flour etc

 Pour over the frothed yeast mixture. Turn the machine on to medium to allow the mix to combine. Once its combned, crank it up higher to knead the dough, let it knead for a few minutes.

 Turn the dough out, It shouldn't be sticky or dry, but all well combined.

3. Oil a medium size crockery bowl and place the dough in.Turn it over, so the topside is oily. Cover with cling film and a tea towel. leave in a warm place to rise for 1 - 1- 1/2 hrs.

4. Punch dough down. Divide into about 8 pieces. Roll each piece out on a board, till slightly larger than your hand. I don't add any extra flour.

5. Heat the grill pan, AND TURN THE OVEN ONTO 180 c. When the grill pan is heated to medium - drizzle some olive oil over. Brush one side of the rolled out Naan dough with melted butter and place this side down in the grill pan. Leave for a minute , press down with a spatula. Brush the other side with butter. Flip it over, and press down. leave for a minute until it rises some.

 Then remove to the oven, and leave in for about 5 minutes.

Should rise a bit more and be cooked through. Place onto a paper towel lined plate, and cover with a t-towel.

6. Continue to cook all the renaining Naan's in the same way.

7.  I used a couple of Naan's to make Pizza's..

~ Naan Pizza's ~

You'll need:
Tomato paste
sugar/ salt/ black pepper
toppings: salami, cheese - mozzarella/parmesan
mushrooms, peppers, olives, tomato & onion

1.Preheat oven to 180 C.
2. Spread some tomato paste on the Naan bases (about 2 T ) on each. Sprinkle oregano, some sugar and parmesan over each.
Place whatever toppings on that you want.

3. Bake for 10 minutes at 180 C, then turn the grill on, to brown the tops a little...
4. Enjoy :0)


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