Contributing Baker: Jeffrey Alford & Naomi Duguid
Why do I do this to myself? Thinking I can not only blog one, but two recipes (I decided to write up tonight's salad as well), and go to the grocery store after my bike ride (45 miles) which always leaves me done for. Because I can? Not efficiently.
My plan was to add some chopped garlic & cilantro to half of the dough before rising but I ran out of time. I made two of the naans as instructed with green onion and a dash of ground cumin (I did not have seeds) and two I topped with melted butter and chopped garlic - completely forgot about adding the cilantro that I chopped up while the dough was rising.
I really do enjoy making and baking bread. The scent of fresh baked bread filling the entire house is eternal bliss. And the naan is no exception, it smelled heavenly, browned up beautifully and had wonderful flavor; the garlic being our favorite. Unfortunately it was not as soft as I like my naan. As you can see in the picture one out of the four did not puff up; it was rock hard. The other three turned out like pita breads and like pita, dry.
I'm not sure if I added too much flour during the kneading process or if I kneaded it too long. I kneaded the dough for maybe 10-12 minutes. I only had two cups bread flour which I made up the difference with all-purpose flour. Maybe that had something to do with it? I just don't know. I still have four balls of dough in the freezer - not sure if I want to attempt making them again. We will see.
Success meter (1-3): 2
The instructions say to prick the dough with a dough stamp;
a tool with nail-like spikes in concentric circles. I think this
would have worked well if I had pricked the dough before
sprinkling with water. I ended up using a fork.
Butter & Garlic: Yummm!
Should you be so inclined to try this yourself visit our host's sites for the recipe:
Maggie of Always Add More Butter
Phyl of Of Cabbages & King Cakes
To see other variations (which there always are!) check out the other baker's sites from the
Tuesdays with Dorie baking group.
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