Two very exciting things for today. I'll begin with the flour sifter.
This is possibly the best invention I have ever come across. I'm sure I'm not the only one who is fed up of getting the tired arm from sifting flour. It was one of the biggest downsides to vegan baking. But now there are tired arms no more! A few quick squeezes of the handle and I have a pile of beautifully sifted flour.
And only £3.99 at Ikea!
Now onto the recipe...
I finally got myself a pizza stone, and what do you make the moment you have a pizza stone? Why Naan bread of course!
- 2 cups of plain flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- Pinch of baking soda
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 1/2 tbsp soya yoghurt
- 1 tsp dry active yeast
- 3/4 cup lukewarm water
- 2 tbsp melted dairy free butter
- Extra plain flour for rolling
- Dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm water and let sit for around 10 minutes. It will go frothy when it's ready
- Sift the flour, sugar, salt and baking soda together
- Add the oil and yoghurt to the flour and mix until it is a crumbly dough
- Add the yeasty water to the dough and use your hands to knead until the dough is smooth
- Let the dough sit for 3-4 hours covered. It will double in volume
- Heat the oven to 260C with the pizza stone inside for 30 minutes, as it needs to become hot.
- Turn the oven on to high broil
- Knead the dough for another few minutes before dividing into 6 equal pieces
- Roll each shape into a ball and dip into the flour until it is covered. Roll the ball into an oval like naan shape.
- Place the naan onto the pizza stone and let cook for 2 -3 minutes
- When done, brush the naans with melted butter and serve!
For a first attempt it didn't go too badly, I think I made a few mistakes which is why it didn't rise how I wanted it to. It still tasted great though and I'll definitely try it again.
I stuffed one of the naans with a lentil-chickpea mixture that was made out of lentils cooked in water with turmeric, garam masala and dried coriander, which were then added to chickpeas and given a whizz in the food processor until smooth. I then fried some onions in cumin seeds and oil and blended that into the mixture too. I spread that between two pieces of dough and cooked it in the oven. Was delicious.