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A Taste of Syria: The Classic Naan Bread

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While others may be beating their war drums and spewing ethnic hatred, here at Casa de Cuisine we prefer to celebrate the world and its people with food.

One of the most classic breads in the world is Naan. It is a Middle Eastern flatbread which is not only delicious, but also very easy to make and one of the most versatile breads on the planet. Throughout the Middle East you will find various recipes for this bread. I prefer this version, from Syria, as I think the flavors match wonderfully well with the native foods of this wonderful and historically rich country.

Ingredients needed to make Naan (makes 8 pieces):

  • 1 tsp. yeast
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 Tbs. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¾ cup warm water

Steps:

  1. In a large bowl combine all the ingredients to form a dough.
  2. Divide the dough into 8 pieces.
  3. Shape each piece of dough into a ball and let rise 1 hour.
  4. Pre-heat oven to 500.
  5. Roll out each piece of dough into an oval shape.
  6. Place the pieces of dough directly onto the racks of the oven and bake 7 minutes.
  7. Remove to a rack to cool.

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