Homemade Naan Bread

We love Naan Bread and this is a very easy recipe.  We grind our own whole wheat flour and depending on my mood (and how much flour I have ground), I use all whole wheat or ½ whole wheat and ½ unbleached white flour. If you buy your whole wheat, I recommend organic whole wheat pastry flour as it’s lighter for baking. This recipe makes 8 big, or 16 small pieces of naan bread. If you don’t have three teenaged boys at home, like we do, feel free to cut the recipe in half. You can also take ½ of the dough and put it in the refrigerator, instead of letting it rise.  It will last up to a week and you can take the rest out, let it rise and bake another day.  You will be surprised at how easy these are to make.  You do need a pizza or hot stone.  We got one a few years ago for $10 and use it all the time. You can use them for breads, pizza, even to reheat any kind of bread.

Ingredients:

2 ½ cups lukewarm water

2 tsp dry active yeast

6 cups organic whole wheat flour  – or ½ whole wheat, ½ unbleached white

1 tsp salt

Dissolve yeast in water. Allow the yeast to sit in the warm water for around 5 minutes until it blooms (bubbles).

Add half the flour, a cup at a time, stirring until incorporated.

Sprinkle in the salt.

Add remaining flour a cup at a time.

Shape into a ball and let rise until double in size.

Pre-heat oven to 500 F

Divide dough into portion sizes.

Flatten each piece into an oval and let rest for 10 minutes.

Wet fingers (very liberally) and “dimple” surface. This will help to make the dough very thin.  After you dimple, just before you put it in the oven, you can sprinkle things on top.  We usually drip a bit of olive oil and then sprinkle some minced garlic or Celtic sea salt.  You could also use pepper, hot pepper, whatever you’d like.

Transfer onto a hot baking stone.

Bake for about 5 minutes or until top is golden and bottom is brown and crusty. Once they’re out of the oven you can spread a little butter on, just before you eat them.   Enjoy!

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