Monday Bites ~ Naan {pita}

fresh naan
       

After yet another delicious dinner featuring this easy and versatile flat bread, I had to share this very, very simple recipe. When I cook it, I do it in a cast iron pan over the stove. It puffs up and makes delicious pitas. When Joe cooks it he does it over the charcoals outside, which makes a very tender moist naan (no pocket). Both ways are fabulous! We've been eating these once a week lately with fresh homemade hummus, raw veggies, rice and curry sauce, grilled veggies. Last night Joe roasted garlic and mixed it with a little olive oil… smeared on a hot piece of fresh naan… wow! And they're wonderful with goat cheese too….. and well, I think you get the idea they are just good with anything!

Remember our Roasted Veggie Pizza recipe? This is the crust recipe, which can be made in a bread machine on the dough setting, How easy is that?


Naan ~ Pita ~ Flat Bread

1.5 cups of warm water (80-90 degrees)

1/2 tsp sugar

3 TBSP olive oil

2 tsp salt

2.5 tsp yeast


*mix these up in a bowl and let them sit until a little frothy from the yeast, then mix in…

1 cup of wheat flour

2-3 cups of white flour

  

*keep adding the white flour until the dough is pliable and soft but no longer sticky. let it rise in a warm spot for 45 minutes. 

  

*If using a bread machine, add the items in the following order : water, sugar, oil, salt, flour, yeast. In a bread machine you will need 3 cups of white flour & 1 cup of wheat flour. (use dough setting and then follow directions below)

   

*after the first rise punch down the dough and cut it into 10-14 pieces about 3 inches around in size. lightly flour these and let them rise for 20 minutes or so. roll them flat & thin with a rolling pin and flour. cook over charcoals on a rack, much like cooking pizza on the grill or in a cast iron skillet over medium heat with a little olive oil. keep them warm in a clean kitchen towel or cloth napkin as you cook them (see above photo).

  

the skillet method: (excuse the poor lighting in our kitchen)


skillet method 1 

toss the flat dough piece into a preheated lightly oiled pan….

  

skillet method 2 

when it starts to get all puffy flip it… lightly brown on both sides and its done.

  

Smear with roasted garlic and olive oil, goat cheese or dip in curry sauce or homemade hummus…. see I'm getting carried away again….

  

Enjoy πŸ™‚

     

12 thoughts on “Monday Bites ~ Naan {pita}

  1. I haven’t. I have tried pizza dough with all whole wheat, and I must admit I love it this way πŸ™‚ It gets just the right tender chewy crispy crust. If you try with all whole wheat, I’d recommend using half regular wheat and half whole wheat pastry…. I do that in a lot of my recipes and it works out really nicely.

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