Sunday, May 17, 2009

Making Bread!


So a couple months ago I decided I was going to learn how to make bread. I looked up a Naan recipe, but I didn't like the taste and couldn't get it to cook well all the way through. I then looked up a simple flatbread recipe, and this is kind of my variation of it. It's easy to remember and pretty tasty. I never make it exact... I just sort of throw whatever I want in it. On the upside, one my friends from Dubai said it tastes just like home! :-D

Ingredients (roughly):

3 cups flour 1 tsp baking powder, baking soda, and salt (each) 1tbsp butter ghee 1.5 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp shortening 1 cup water

The butter ghee, olive oil, and shortening can all be substituted for the other if you want. I've made it with all butter ghee, all vegetable oil, all olive oil, etc. It all works and the amount doesn't have to be exact. If it wont stick together, add just a spoon full of water or vegetable oil. If your dough feels really soft or sticky, just add more flour! :-)

Melt all of this stuff, then combine it with the dry stuff!

Break the dough into 4 pieces if you want 8 large pieces of bread, 6 if you want 12 medium pieces, and 8 if you want 16 smaller pieces. I usually do 6 or 8.

This is about how big the piece should be if you are going to do 12. (This is half of one of the larger pieces in the bowl)

Roll the dough out as flat as you can. It doesn't have to be a perfect circle or anything. Any shape works. I've used this rolling pin, my hands, and a cup to do this part. Do it however you want!

Put a little vegetable oil or butter ghee in a pan and heat it up to about medium high. Be careful if you use the butter ghee for this part because it smokes really really fast. I usually use vegetable oil for this part. When it gets hot, add the bread!

You should see bubbles start to form, which is good. Even really big ones are okay! When you see a whole bunch of bubbles and no new ones are forming, you are about ready to flip it over. It should cook pretty fast. If it isn't, then turn the heat up just a little bit. (I wouldn't go over medium-high though)

This is what it looks like when it is finished! It will have those brown spots on both sides when you are done.

You can eat it fresh, but I prefer to make a WHOLE bunch at once (the last time I made this, I made about 36 pieces) and then put them straight into a grocery sack when they come off the pan. After I'm done cooking I put them into the freezer.

When you are ready to eat them, take the amount you want out of the freezer, turn the oven on broil, put a little bit of water on both sides of the frozen bread, then stick it in the oven for just a little while until it gets soft and warm. Make sure to turn it over a couple times while it is warming so both sides get un-frozen. Be careful to watch it while you do this, because if you leave it too long it will get crunchy like a cracker and there is no saving it after that, lol.

I hope you guys like the bread!! Let me know if you try it!


Rayyan said...

Salam, yeah this bread is very tastey. The way you wrote this whole bread making business right down to eating it after being warmed and thawed in the oven, it is exactly the same way we do it ( I mean my mom ). We call it Roti. U brought a smile to my face.

NeverEver said...

yay I'm glad!!! :-D

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