A FLOP PROOF NAAN BREAD FOR ALL 4 cups Cake flour sifted 10ml Fennel seeds 5ml Salt 60ml Sugar 1pkt Instant dry yeast 30ml Cooking oil 60ml Melted butter or margerine 1 Egg beaten 375ml Warm milk TOPPING Beaten egg for brushing Sesame seeds , poppy seeds or fennel seeds
Pour oil, butter, egg and milk into a jug and beat well. In a bowl place flour, fennel seeds,sugar,salt and mix well. Sprinkle yeast over flour mixture and mix in gently lifting hands to incorporate air in mixture. Make a well in the centre of flour mixture and add lukewarm liquid mixture into centre. Mix into a soft plaiable dough. [Do not add more flour] Knead dough very well for 15-20 minutes with the palm of your hands, strecthing dough as you go along.[Dough is ready when it lifts completely of table without sticking] Place into a oiled large bowl, cover by placing a piece of oiled cling wrap directly on top of dough Leave to double in size in a warm place,approx. 1 hour Divide dough into 2 and form a long sausage with dough, cut into 7 equal size balls. Shape into round rolls and place into a prepared round cake tin by placing one ball in centre and the rest around to create a daisy. Continue same with rest of dough. Brush lightly with beaten egg, and sprinkle with seeds. Bake on 180degrees for approx 15 to 20 minutes or till golden brown and done.
Serve with curries and roast of choice.
INFO & TIPS
Instead of egg use 80ml of buttermilk
Instead of milk use water increase margerine to 100g
Substitute fennel seeds for whole aniseeds for a sweeter taste.
Substitute fennel seeds for crushed peppercorns and sprinkle with same.