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Making Naan

by Emma on March 13, 2012

in Bread

So, do you remember how I said I wanted to try to make my own naan?  Guess what….

Now I’d like to tell you that I have a 100 good uses for naan. That I know all sorts of delicious sauce and/or traditional Indian recipes I serve alongside naan. But, in truth… I mostly just make pizza out of them.

Pizza naan is awesome. It’s like pita pizza… but, like, a little better.

The secret’s out.

And this naan was really fun (and easy) to make. It was even easier than homemade tortillas. Less rolling-pin action. :)

Naan, makes 8-10 servings. Recipe slightly adapted from here.

Needed: 3 3/4 cups flour, 1/4 cup whole wheat flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt and 2 cups greek yogurt.

In a bowl combine the flours, baking powder and salt. Whisk to combine. Stir in the yogurt until crumbly. Lightly flour your work surface and plop the crumbly dough on to it. Use your (clean) hands to knead the dough until it is more elastic and cohesive. Cover and allow to rest for 30 minutes to an hour.

Divide the dough into 8 to 10 pieces (depending how big you like your naan) and roll out until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Heat a cast iron or non stick skillet over medium high heat, lay the naan in the pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes, flip and cook another 2-3 minutes. Once you’ve cooked all the pieces lay them on a baking sheet and bake at 400 F for 8-10 minutes to finish cooking them through.

xo. Emma

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I am baker.

by Emma on March 10, 2012

in Bread,Personal

Update: I am on bread #12 of my 2012 bread challenge. And I am loving it! I won’t lie-I may have bitten off more than I can chew (he he he). Good bread takes time, and making 52 breads this year is probably going to prove to be quite the challenge. But hey, man, goals make us work harder than we probably would otherwise.

Or maybe that’s just me.

At any rate, I am indeed getting better at bread baking and have learned to make a number of different things already. Check it.

Hope you are having a fantastic weekend… I think I’m going to make some bread this weekend. :) xo. Emma

 

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Homemade Flour Tortillas

by Emma on March 8, 2012

in Bread

I’m on a bread making mission this year. Trying to make 52 breads this year. That’s a bread every week. In case you weren’t sure. :)

Honestly, I’m starting to think I may have bitten off more than I can chew on this project. But I’m just going to keep going. I mean, worst case scenario I end up learning to make a ton of delicious bread and… well, that was sort of my goal anyway… so, it’s a win win situation all around.

This past weekend I decided I wanted to try to learn to make homemade flour tortillas. It was really fun-as with most loaves I made I don’t get to use my rolling-pin. I used a recipe I found on Tasty Kitchen (love that site).

Needed: 3 cups flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/3 cup oil (I used vegetable) and 1 cup warm water.

In a bowl mix together the flour, salt and baking powder. Pour in the oil and mix with your (clean) hands until it is well incorporated and crumbly. Pour in the water and combine until a dough forms. Cover with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and allow to rest for 20-30 minutes. Divide the dough into 12 pieces and roll out as thin as you can! Cook in a cast iron pan or non-stick pan on medium heat for a minute or two on each side. It will puff up a bit as you cook. Enjoy as tacos, burritos, quesadillas, etc.

xo. Emma

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Baked Egg Boat

by Emma on February 13, 2012

in Bread,Breakfast

I wish I could claim credit for this idea.

I wish I could claim credit for the name Baked Egg Boat.

But I cannot. I saw something similar in an old issue of Real Simple magazine. I, like the genius organizer I am, didn’t write down any notes on how to make this… but the name Baked Egg Boat just stuck with me (for some reason) so I went for it.

It’s like a fancy breakfast sandwich, or a Quiche in a really thick (bread) crust.

And if you don’t think that sounds amazing… well… you’re crazy.

I like how you can add anything to the egg batter: green onion, fancy cheeses, roasted veggies, breakfast meats (or their substitutes). I like when you can add anything you like… it’s similar to pizza in that way. And I love anything similar to pizza.

And if you don’t like pizza… well… you’re crazy.

Now that I’ve probably offended any number of you here’s some unrelated news: it’s snowing outside!!!!!

And if you don’t like snow… well…

Baked Egg Boat, makes one medium-sized baguette.

Needed: a baguette, 5 eggs, 1/3 cup cream or milk, toppings of your choice (I used green onions and shredded cheddar cheese).

Carve out an inverted triangle in your baguette, remove and scrap out a bit more of the inside of the bread. In a bowl combine the eggs, and milk. Now add in small torn pieces of the bread you removed (excluding the crust). Pour this egg batter into the baguette, top with onions, cheese and a bit of salt and pepper. Bake at 350 F for 28-30 minutes (I was surprised by how long it took for the egg to set up-you can try turning the heat up slightly and see how that goes for you).

xoxo. Emma

 

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