Tuesday, June 5, 2012

TWD: Baking with Julia -- Oasis Naan

This is my favorite TWD recipe so far, and of course it would be because it's originally from one of my favorite cookbooks ever, Flatbreads & Flavors. The recipe calls for some chopped scallion on each bread but I left it off because the green part reminds me of cilantro--which I loathe. Instead I added a bunch of sesame seeds--which I love.

I experimented with the thickness of the dough as I was rolling it out, and I found that I liked the bread best when the middle was super thin and baked up crispy like a cracker, and the edges stayed chewy like pizza dough. I know naan is usually puffy, but I prefer my crispy-chewy version.This is the best naan I've ever had short of naan plucked fresh out of a tandoor oven.

The recipe is easy to make and you can do it without a heavy-duty mixer. If you're new to bread baking, this is a good recipe to start with. The dough is easy to work with, and does not fight back when you're rolling it out.
Our hosts this week are Maggie from Always Add More Butter and Phyl from Of Cabbages & King Cakes. Please visit their blogs to view the recipe and to find out how to make this delicious naan.



  1. I'm so pleased that you've loved them.
    I did not reach "crispness" in the center as they were still too "high" I think,
    but I have loved them, though!
    Will bake them again and again and again!

  2. I opted for sesame seeds on the naan also. Yours came out lovely. By the way, your other recipes are mouthwatering. I will be back to try some.

  3. Your naan looks very beautiful and thin. What's your secret? I love the recipe and have made it twice, but so far, the naan puffs up.

  4. I do agree with your method. I too like a thin middle and thicker edges. This recipe has so many possibilities!

  5. I will have to check out Flatbreads and flavors. I recently just started trying recipes from another of Alford and Duguid's books, and so far I have been impressed.

  6. I actually havent come across a bread recipe that you really absolutely have to have a mixer for ... I find that making it by hand is relaxing, fun and makes it seem even more tasty in the end! :)

  7. This one kind of made me want to go out and build and oven in my back yard :-)
    Very nice!

  8. This was really good. Next time I'll make mine a little thinner like yours. It was really good with the cumin seeds - give that a try!