TwD: Baking Oasis Naan with Julia

This week’s recipe, oasis naan, wasn’t too out of the ordinary for me. I’ve made naan before but used a more traditional method of preparation. This time around, my naan ended up puffy all the way through like thick pita bread and chewier than I would expect from naan. One naan rose so much that it had two indentations from the oven rack above it.

I think I rolled out the dough too thick, which made my fork pricks less than effective, allowing less air to escape, and causing the puffiness. And, as a side note, I’m not sure who Dorie has us baking for, but I only made half the recipe and still ended up with six good-sized oasis naan!

Despite these missteps, the oasis naan were delicious. I left out the caraway seeds and used only ground cumin seeds and pink Himalayan salt. This time around, I ate the oasis naan mainly as makeshift pizzas, splitting the thicker naan in half when necessary.

To view the recipe for oasis naan from Dorie Greenspan’s “Baking with Julia” cookbook, check out this week’s host pages: Maggie of Always Add More Butter and Phyl at Of Cabbages & King Cakes.

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55 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ckay
    Jun 05, 2012 @ 05:06:39

    Puffy & Delicious Naans: perfect world!
    I did add some extra taste to mine, and
    I’ve found them so delicious that I will make them again, for sure.

  2. Karen
    Jun 05, 2012 @ 06:45:32

    I liked the way they puffed. I’m sure they made terrific pizzas.

  3. Choc Chip Uru
    Jun 05, 2012 @ 06:45:57

    Perfect looking and yummy :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  4. Ei
    Jun 05, 2012 @ 08:48:04

    Holy moly, those sure did poof a lot!!

  5. Cynthia L.
    Jun 05, 2012 @ 09:48:46

    Your naan look lovely. I think I will use the recipe for individual pizzas as you suggest. I loved the texture they had.

  6. Cher
    Jun 05, 2012 @ 09:54:27

    Very puffy :-)
    I ended up freezing half of mine – I am sure I could have fed a small army with this batch.

  7. Mary Hirsch
    Jun 05, 2012 @ 10:27:10

    Do you know how Chefs are always trying to “get” perfect grill markings on their food? You have the perfect “Upper Grill” marks. That’s a first. Loved that.

  8. saffronandhoney
    Jun 05, 2012 @ 11:44:38

    I love the cumin and the crunch of the salt on top – looks great!

  9. atasteofmadess
    Jun 05, 2012 @ 11:56:01

    These look VERY good. I would love to try a puffy naan bread, yum ;)

  10. mireia
    Jun 05, 2012 @ 12:44:55

    The same happened to me but it still looks delicious!

  11. forgottenbeast
    Jun 05, 2012 @ 12:56:02

    Hmm, I feel like naan is one of those foods you just CAN’T make unless you grew up making it–otherwise it’s restaurants only. Not that a good puffy pizza crust isn’t delicious! It’ll just never quite be the same naan…

  12. Kristin
    Jun 05, 2012 @ 12:57:20

    Chewier actually sounds better to me!

  13. Garden Correspondent
    Jun 05, 2012 @ 14:21:01

    They look lovely!

  14. bakeawaywithme
    Jun 05, 2012 @ 16:23:42

    Perfect looking Naan! I really enjoyed this recipe…will be making this one again!

  15. Ryan
    Jun 05, 2012 @ 17:52:27

    Beautiful Naan! I love it and can imagine it tastes so much better when it’s home made. I really need to try making my own one of these days!

  16. Baking is my Zen
    Jun 05, 2012 @ 18:32:10

    Looks delish! This is enough for a small army! (chuckles) I quickly invited family over to enjoy.

    ~Carmen
    http://bakingismyzen.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/twd-baking-with-julia-oasis-naan/

  17. rondamkisner
    Jun 05, 2012 @ 18:45:19

    That is fun!

  18. Louise
    Jun 05, 2012 @ 19:19:09

    I do appreciate you honestly, Yummy. As you know, I’m not much of a baker but if I had my way, I think I would “embrace” the poof!

    Thanks for sharing…

  19. Simply Life
    Jun 05, 2012 @ 19:45:29

    oooh, I LOVE naan! this looks so good!

  20. Barb @ Profiteroles & Ponytails
    Jun 05, 2012 @ 21:08:46

    I have some himalayan salt that I’ve been wondering what to make with — this would be great. Thanks for the tips!

  21. Anne@FromMySweetHeart
    Jun 05, 2012 @ 21:17:09

    You are becoming the Naan Queen! I think I may like this puffier, chewier version! Especially for dipping. Looks wonderful! : )

  22. Lisa {smart food and fit} (@LisaNutrition)
    Jun 05, 2012 @ 21:24:54

    I love naan!

  23. Purabi Naha
    Jun 05, 2012 @ 23:02:04

    These naans look amazing…you baked them so well! Indian naans are, however, thinner. But this puffier variety would taste well with a great curry as well! Well done!!

  24. JasmyneTea
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 00:05:16

    I’ve been looking for an excuse to use my pink salt… Looks good!

  25. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 06:05:01

    Great job! I’ve been wanting to make naan for a while now, but haven’t yet. soon, soon…..

  26. Inger Wilkerson
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 06:12:55

    They do look like pitas, which I had fun making when I tried. And, hmmm, I do have pink salt that’s been looking for a recipe…

  27. Maureen (@OrgasmicChef)
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 08:48:58

    Wow that was puffy! Glad they were delicious.

  28. Cakelaw
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 20:14:53

    Your naan turned out great YC, and I love the pink salt on top – so pretty.

  29. guineapigfood
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 21:22:08

    I like the super puffy one with the rack marks :-)

  30. kitchen flavours
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 21:40:13

    Your naan looks wonderful! Would love to try this out someday!

  31. Bam's Kitchen
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 22:45:28

    this is something on my bucket list of foods to try to make. I love the fact that they are chewy and puffy as they are even a better tool to go after all that yummy curry.

  32. cooking-varieties (wan)
    Jun 07, 2012 @ 01:10:00

    hi yummy chunklet. your naan looks soft and fluffy-love that, must try this pretty looking “oasis” (nice name for a naan). have a nice day

  33. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake
    Jun 07, 2012 @ 01:16:05

    Love my naans, but never had a puffy one! It looks delicious, would love to try it!

  34. Amanda
    Jun 07, 2012 @ 01:47:41

    They look great. Unfortunately, I haven’t had naan before so I have nothing to compare it too. I still want to try the pizzas!

  35. machisan
    Jun 07, 2012 @ 06:19:31

    Literally– mouthwatering plate/photo.

  36. Norma Chang
    Jun 07, 2012 @ 07:15:04

    Your naan has character. I quite like the one with the oven rack marks.

  37. ceciliag
    Jun 07, 2012 @ 07:47:02

    I really love naan and i must learn how to make it.. maybe i will go back to your original recipe?.. c

  38. cindy
    Jun 07, 2012 @ 10:00:39

    I like the idea of turning them into pizza! This recipe had plenty of possibilities!

  39. Heather
    Jun 07, 2012 @ 11:33:48

    They look delicious, and that pink salt is beautiful! I wish I had halved mine as well, my batch seemed to last forever!

  40. Suzi
    Jun 07, 2012 @ 12:38:29

    Wow I do like these naan and would love to know how to make them. I am not the greatest baker but these would definitely make some fab pizzas as you used them. Do I need the book for the recipe?

  41. Alice
    Jun 07, 2012 @ 13:07:36

    LOL!! I have noticed that a lot of Dorie’s “serving sizes” are a bit off… its either way under or way over! I dont know who she has us cooking/baking for either, but at least she is consistent with it between TWD and FFWD! :)

  42. Lubna Karim
    Jun 07, 2012 @ 13:17:30

    That’s very new to me….looks so soft and yum….

  43. Beth
    Jun 07, 2012 @ 15:05:22

    Your naan looks delicious, and I love the oven rack marks! There’s nothing like homemade bread.

  44. Promenade Claire
    Jun 07, 2012 @ 15:25:30

    I adore Indian breads, and these do look fantastic!

  45. Catalina @ Cake with Love
    Jun 07, 2012 @ 16:02:39

    I love my naan, I usually get chicken tikka masala at indian restaurants and soak all the sauce with my garlic naan!

  46. jora
    Jun 07, 2012 @ 16:16:56

    Are these topped with sauce, or is all of that color from the pink salt? They’re gorgeous. These didn’t taste quite like the naan I get at restaurants to me, but they were good.

  47. Akila
    Jun 07, 2012 @ 20:12:35

    Wow this looks great

  48. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Jun 07, 2012 @ 20:55:21

    puffy, chewy, flat, yummy, delicious, beautiful, all the above! Seriously, all the above nothing left to say because it looks simply amazing

  49. Hotly Spiced
    Jun 07, 2012 @ 21:36:37

    I’ve made naan before and sometimes it works really well and other times it’s a disaster and I can’t work out what make it fabulous one week and inedible the next. I’ll keep trying! I love your puffy naan and I’m glad you left out the caraway seeds because that’s one flavour I really don’t like xx

  50. Baker Street (@bakerstreet29)
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 05:19:02

    Nothing compares to the feeling of eating hot naan from the oven! :)

  51. steph (whisk/spoon)
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 10:39:42

    i have half my dough in the frezzer, and was thinking of turning them into mini pizzas later on! :)

  52. Erin E
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 11:16:26

    Looks great! I really like the Himalayan pink salt, adds some really cool stripes!

  53. isthisakeeper
    Jun 10, 2012 @ 12:07:25

    Enjoyed your blog post! I too had puffy naan…maybe you are right about not rolling it out enough…I was too worried about keeping to the size they stated. If I try them again I will try your suggestion! :)

  54. Elaine
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 09:03:59

    I didn’t make naan because I wasn’t feeling up to it, but I will sometime later because I enjoy it so much when I have had it at Indian restaurants. I like the puffiness of yours and making little pizzas out of them is a great idea.

  55. Gracie ~ Food Fascination
    Jun 17, 2012 @ 22:22:52

    I loved the oasis naan. I wish I could have the dough in my fridge every day for “fresh bread every day”…so good!!

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