Thursday, December 24, 2009

Quick and Easy Appetizers - Garlic Naan Bread

"Naan" is a leavened, oven-baked flatbread. It is very popular in South Asia, India, and the United Kingdom. Naan bread can be eaten plain, or topped with meats, cheeses, dips, or dipped into soups. The recipe can include spices or other add-ins. It is a very versatile bread.

I made this the first time for a family Christmas party. It was gone very quickly! My 7 yr old picky eater exclaimed "Mom, this bread is awesome... ohh... it's sooo good!"

That recommendation in itself has earned this flatbread a place of honor in my cookbook!

Garlic Naan Bread

1 package active dry yeast (2 1/4 teas)

1 cup warm water
1/4 cup white sugar
3 TB milk
1 egg, beaten
2 teas salt
4 1/2 cups bread flour, plus more for kneading
2 teas minced garlic (optional)
1/4 cup melted butter

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand about 10 minutes, until frothy. Stir in sugar, milk, egg, salt, and enough flour to make a soft dough.

Knead for 6-8 minutes (or use dough attachment), on a lightly floured surface, or until smooth. Place dough in a well oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and set aside. Let rise 1 hour, until the dough has doubled in volume.

Punch down dough, and knead in garlic. Pinch off small handfuls of dough about the size of a golf ball. Roll into balls, and place on a tray. Cover with a towel, and allow to rise until doubled; about 30 minutes.

During the 2nd rising, preheat grill to high heat. I used my pancake grill!

When dough has risen, roll balls out into a thin circle. Lightly oil grill. Place dough on grill and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until puffy and light brown. Brush uncooked side with melted butter, and turn over. Cook until browned, another 2-4 minutes.

Remove from grill, and continue until all of the Naan has been cooked.

Serve with soup, dip, or sandwich makings.


  1. mmmm makes me want to whip some up.. if only I had the time today!!

  2. It looks really good!! Everytime I've tried to make some kind of bread with yeast I end up screwing it up...not sure what I'm doing wrong!

    I just noticed your french dip recipe in the linkwithin box and I'm headed over there to check it husband loves french dips!!

  3. Definitely bookmarking this....looks super!

  4. My husband is the bread maker and he just made these little pieces of what can only be called "heaven". This is exactly what I was craving (i mean looking for). This recipe is a keeper!

  5. oh wow! this sounds yummy! I' marking this to make sometime soon!