Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tuesdays with Dorie ~ Oasis Naan

 Oasis Naan
Bread baking is both therapeutic and stress relieving. It always gives me a sense of accomplishment! There’s something about working with yeast….something that, for years, I feared.  In the early years, I made loaves that a brick mason could use for building.  The more I baked, the better and more confident I became.  Now, I so enjoy a day of bread baking. It is something so basic and earthy! So this weeks pick for Tuesdays with Dorie was the perfect pick for me. It was also a nice change of pace from all the sweets we’ve been making lately! Our recipe for this week was Oasis Naan. I had never tasted or baked naan before so, I was looking forward to trying a new technique and tasting a new bread.

Naan originated in Persia, but is typical of breads that are popular in West, Central and South Asia. Naan is a type of levened flat bread. The recipe for the Oasis Naan used the same dough as for the Persian Naan.  They are shaped differently. Persian Naan is long and snowshoe shaped while, the Oasis Naan is round.


The technique is pretty basic. Place tepid water in a bowl, add yeast and stir to dissolve.  You then add 3 cups of the flour to the water-yeast mixture and stir with a wooden spoon to get a smooth dough. I then transferred the dough to my stand mixer and, using my dough hook, added the rest of the flour.  When the dough comes together, transfer it to a lightly floured surface and knead it vigorously until the dough becomes smooth and easy to handle.  Now place in an oiled bowl and turn so that both sides of the dough are oiled. Let rise for about two hours.

When the dough has risen, it’s time to shape. This was different then any bread I’ve made before. It was definitely a new and fun project! Divide the dough into eight pieces and, roll each piece into a 5 or 6 inch round ¼ inch thick. Sprinkle the dough with a little water. I did this by wetting my fingers and tapping the dough. I then took a fork and pricked each circle leaving a 1 to 2 inch edge. Sprinkle on the scallions, coarse salt, and cumin or caraway seeds. I used caraway seeds!
Traditionally naan is baked in a Tandoor, a cylindrical clay oven used in cooking and baking.  I used a baking stone and set my oven at 500°. The naan baked very fast, about 8 minutes and they were nicely browned on the bottom and slightly browned on the top. Perfect!
Now for the taste test…all I can say is Yum!! These were sooo delicious!  Both my husband and I enjoyed them and could have eaten them all (if I had no self-control) while I was cleaning my kitchen but, decided to freeze five of them for later.


Thanks to our hosts this month…Maggie at Always Add More Butter and Phyl at Of Cabbages and King Cake. You will find the recipe on their blogs.  I also found a two part video of Julia Child with Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid making the naan. 


Happy Tuesday Everyone!!!


Yeast mixed with water
After the 3 cups of flour were added
Kneading the dough
placed in oiled bowl
 Deflate…then ready to go
eight pieces
Baking stone in oven at 500°
My first batch…Ohoo were they good!
So wonderfully delicious!
We really loved these…I will be making these again
I couldn’t even wait till they cooled
I made two Persian loaves…just because!

37 comments:

  1. Nice brown bottoms! I couldn´t completely shake the excess flour form mine, since the dough was so wet. Next time I´ll change a few things. I like the sesame seed version, since they add such a good taste and crunchiness!

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  2. Your photos are great and your naan looks delicious.

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  3. That's really smart to freeze some! Yours look great :)

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  4. I'm so jealous your bread looks so gold!! PERFECT!

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  5. The bottom crust of the naan is a beauty! I do not have a baking stone and I used a baking sheet. Now I am thinking that it might have been a good idea to place it in the oven and pre-heat it as well.

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  6. Kathy - they look so light and fluffy :-)

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  7. Mmmmm! I can taste them now! I must make these again soon. Your pictures make my mouth water. :)

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  8. Kathy, you took such wonderful pictures again of your delicious looking naan! And I like that you made two different versions - I agree with Paula, the sesame seeds are a great idea!

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  9. Kathy,

    Beautiful Oasis Naan! great photos...

    And yes, I made sure I invited family over to enjoy the Naan with me. :)

    ~Carmen
    http://bakingismyzen.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/twd-baking-with-julia-oasis-naan/

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  10. This was a fun project wasn't it? I love caraway seeds, etc, but let the grandkiddies choose toppings for today, and their ideas were fun and tasty. So...I have an excuse to bake this bread again and make it more like you. Your breads are beautiful and I'm proud of your willpower...mine disappeared somewhere.

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  11. Oh, Kathy...I just love how your Naan turned out incredibly perfect. Nice crust on the outside, and soft on the inside. Love how it puffed up so nice!

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  12. They look iconic, just delicious!

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  13. Your bread looks wonderful - wow. Your beautiful photos are inspiring me to try harder with how I present my baked goods, since yours look gorgeous.I was pressed for time, so didn't venture into other toppings, but the sesame seeds look yummy.

    I agree about experience making the bread baking process relaxing rather than stressful. You get to the point where you can tell if it's the right consistency, and that is very helpful.

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  14. Kathy, Your bread looks delicious. Good willpower to stick some in the freezer. Loved that you showed us the browned bottom! I didn't get mine made this week - a crisis here, a crisis there - but plan to get it done this week-end. I do have a tandoor so I will see if it works as promised. Again, nice job, lady.

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  15. These are just gorgeous! I have to try this recipe myself. Your photos are so light and beautiful, great job;-)

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  16. Your naans have turned out so perfect!

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  17. This turned out gorgeous. I grill mine on the foreman grill, its easy and we love the bread eat it all in one day! best recipe and smells great baking everyone should try your great recipe!

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  18. Your naans looks wonderful! I can imagine the aroma of freshly baked naans! This would be lovely with any curry!

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  19. My mouth waters just looking at this! Amazing!

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  20. I wish I had made the Persian as well! I'll rebake them soon and make sure to try them as well.

    Yours look perfectly delicious!
    PS: congratulations on your willpower :-)

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  21. I agree that baking bread is therapeutic, and your naan turned out so well.

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  22. The bottoms and tops of your naan look delightfully toasty, and the Persian naans, yum! I love sesame seeds!

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  23. It was nice making something not dessert-y, wasn't it. Your naan look wonderful!

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  24. This was a fun recipe. Yours look beautiful. I had one left over--I popped it in the toaster topped it with a little butter and ate it for breakfast. Delicious!

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  25. Your naan looks perfect -- great job!

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  26. Kathy, Your bread looks delicious:) Your pictures had my mouth watering. Thanks for a great post:)

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  27. I love naan, and yours looks delicious. What a great recipe!

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  28. your naan looks great, i love your towels and i enjoy baking bread as much as you! :)

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  29. Dear Kathy, These loaves of bread do look delicious. I don't know how you and your husband were able to resist eating them all.
    Blessings dear. Catherine

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  30. Beautiful naan, Kathy! I made only half. They were so good that I wish I'd thought to make a full batch and freeze some for later...

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  31. Your naan looks incredible my friend - would love to munch on them as a snack :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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  32. They look beautiful, Kathy! I bet they tasted wonderful when they were warm from the oven. When I go to an Indian restaurant the naan is my favorite part of the meal.

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  33. They are so perfect! Beautiful naan.

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  34. Your naan are beautiful! I agree bread making is relaxing and this was a great recipe, so yummy! Next time I will have to make the Persian version!

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  35. That naan looks amazing! Definitely better than the naan I had from the takeaway Indian store last night! And, I love the quote in your header!!

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