Whole Wheat Naan Bread

Posted on August 25, 2009. Filed under: Breads |

I like the Naan bread that Trader Joe’s sells. It is great for the base of pizzas, or sandwiches, or to dip in hummus. I really love the texture and satisfaction the bread gives when you bite into it. One day I came home from work early and was feeling motivated to try a new recipe using yeast. We were having some friend’s over for dinner that week, so I thought, “hmm, I should make something I can serve with dinner when they come over.” This was perfect as the appetizer and table centerpiece. I served it in a large wood cutting board with 2 dips, hummus and a black bean dip. You don’t cut the Naan, you tear it. So I made small rounds and people just tore off pieces. It was very fun.
I was shocked at how easy this was as well. You NEED to try this recipe. It is easy and so delicious. I made the bread 3 days in advance and froze it. I wrapped it in tin foil and warmed it in the oven before I served it.

2 1/2 cups luke warm water
2 tsp active dry yeast
3 cups whole wheat flour
2-3 cups white flour
1 tbsp salt

In a glass-measuring cup, add the yeast and add the water and stir well. Let rest until foamy, about 5 minutes. Sift together the flour and salt into a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour the yeast mixture and oil into the center. Mix together with your fingers until a smooth dough forms, working in a small amount of additional flour as needed. Knead for 3 minutes.

Oil a small bowl with the remaining butter or oil. Place the dough into the bowl, turning to coat, and let rest until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Divide the dough into 6 pieces and gently roll into 6 circles on a lightly floured surface. Bake on a baking stone, or a lightly greased baking sheet, until just golden brown and puffed, about 12 minutes.


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