I’ve always had an interest in naan, the Persian flatbread, though this is my actual real-life encounter with it.
Oasis Naan is the recipe for our TWD group. It’s from the book Baking with Julia and was contributed by bakers Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid.
The recipe was quite easy, very pizza-like without the olive oil. Mix together flour, yeast, water and salt, let it rise and then shape and bake the little breads in a very hot oven. Very, as in maximum mark, at least in mine.
The mixing of the dough specifies using a wooden spoon and stirring in one direction. I followed it exactly, just found it curious. My dough was pretty wet, like the fougasse.
Since it was my first time baking these, I only used half the recipe first and put the rest in the refrigerator. This is an additional step that can be used if you can’t mix and bake in one stretch.
I did it just in case everything had to go into the trash; I would still have the other half to try to make it right. The dough is shaped in individual flat rounds, pricked all over in the central part and sprinkled with coarse salt, chopped scallions and cumin seeds.
They came out as I imagined in the first try, so I still have the rest of the dough in the fridge.
The thing is, I could’ve mistaken them with individual pizzas. And I think others around me will think so too. Naan is not a known bread here.
There’s a post in one of our fellow doristas blog that used the bread to make a mushroom naan pizza, and now I see how that’s a natural choice for this bread.
I really liked the flatbreads, and would’ve liked to have a wood burning oven or a really good pizza stone (I have one and it does a pretty good job) to have it come out with dark spots all over. But I really had to fight the urge to add some tomato and cheese on top. I might not fight it with the second batch.
I made some spicy white and purple eggplants and potatoes, a recipe I found at Shayma’s blog. It’s easy and full of flavor and, paired with some natural yogurt and the just baked naan, made for a great quick dinner.