Everyone is obsessed with cronuts–you know, the croissant/donut hybrid that has become the biggest deal ever the world!? In Philly we have but a few bakeries turning out these babies but they are still hard to come by. So, like an idiot, I convinced myself that I could make them myself. They didn’t really turn out looking exactly like cronuts because I improvised in a few spots and because I have really, really bad luck with yeast…and because I probably had no business trying in the first place.
What’s the WORST thing in the world for you? Carbs. Well maybe it’s not the worst thing but carbs definitely have a bad reputation. Countless numbers of diets sway their victims into thinking that carbs are the devil and you too, will be a grotesque, morbidly obese excuse for a human being should you consume them.
What’s the other worst thing in the world? Deep fried foods! A nutritionist or a well-meaning
friend fun hater will probably say something like this to you, “Are those…is that….deep-fried!? C’mon girl, do you know what that will do to your hips!?”
My response to all of this: yes carbs are bad and yes, deep fried foods are EVEN WORSE. However, there are times (in my experience, probably way too many times) that I think all health logic should be thrown out the window.
This Indian Flat Bread recipe is one of them of those very necessary times. Here’s why:
Number 1. It‘s too easy to not make this. No yeast, a handful of ingredients you probably have lying around your house anyway!
Number 2. It tastes really good. It’s crispy yet soft and everything you ever hoped for in your bread dreams.
Number 3. You will make people happy if you feed them this flat bread. That’s what life is about. Not listening to some snot read you the riot act about a couple of mozzarella sticks from TGI Fridays.
Obviously, this is not traditional naan or traditional anything Indian, but you will love it! My head is spinning thinking about the million ways you can use this bread! Powdered sugar on top maybe? No, my idiot healthy friends would disown me for life! The recipe is via Food.com.
5 cups all-purpose flour (white or whole wheat)
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
2 cups milk
1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
3 teaspoons herbes de provence (optional)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
olive oil, for frying the bread
In a large bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
Stir all the ingredients together making sure that the baking powder is well-distributed throughout the flour.
Pour the flour mixture into your mixing bowl and slowly add milk to the flour and melted butter, while kneading the dough.
You should end up with stiff workable dough that’s not sticky. Add more flour if the dough is wet and sticky and add more milk if the dough will not stay together.
Divide it into small balls then flatten them out into patties. Try to flatten them so that they are about 1/8 inch thick so they will cook fast and evenly.
Heat up oil in a frying pan and cook them for a few minutes on each side until they get golden brown and puff up.