I love making bread of all sorts, however today my electric mixer decides to give up on me. Luckily I managed to get these Cheesy Garlic Naan Bread done. The thought of kneading by hand is far too much effort for me.
Cheesy Garlic Naan Bread
Hopefully I can get my mixer fixed soon. I cannot live without it. First it was the whisk that broke because old age is catching up with me and I used the wrong attachment without thinking.
Then the mixing bowl was stuck and my hubby and I both tried to get it out but couldn’t. I then asked my helper to try and see if she could loosen it from the base. The whole handle then popped out…haha!
What a day! But at least I managed to get this Cheesy Garlic Naan Bread Recipe right.
How to make the Cheesy Garlic Naan Bread
I know people are intimidated by the thought of using yeast. If I can use it with success you can too. The best is the dry instant yeast. My favorite is the ones from Anchor Yeast.
Trust me it doesn’t require any special tricks and I’ve only had success with all my bread making. Although I love the no yeast naan bread, I find the yeast does yield a soft, little chewy kind of naan bread.
You literally dump all the dry ingredients in a stand mixer and give it a mix. You then add all the wet ingredients and knead for 6 minutes or a little more.
The dough is then allowed to rest for an hour. It’s divided into balls, fill them with cheese and roll out. It is then toasted on a pan on high heat.
I have a gas cooker so I turn the heat down to a low setting and place my naan bread over the flames. This gives it that little charred bits that makes a naan bread oh so heavenly.
This may sound strange but I think the naan bread tastes even better when it is reheated. I heat my pan and reheat them just before serving. This way it gets really crisp.
Sometimes when rolling out the naan bread the dough will resist. That happens if the dough hasn’t rested enough. Do not rush the resting process.
Usually it takes at least an hour to rest the dough. Sometimes, it could take a longer time if the weather is cold.
Serving the Naan Bread
This naan bread can be eaten all on it’s own or you can eat it with a curry or whatever you choose. You can increase the amount of garlic if you love garlic.
I prefer to brush them with the garlic butter and sprinkle some coriander on top just before serving. What can be more yummy than Cheesy Garlic Naan Bread dripping with butter.
If you do not have a stand mixer you can use your hands to knead the dough. It may take slightly longer, about 10 minutes. You can freeze the toasted naan bread if you wish.
I have tried freezing them before and it works well. You can thaw them out if you wish but you can also reheat them straight from frozen.
Reheat them, as before, in a pan before serving. It is advisable not to brush them with butter when freezing. You can brush it with butter when serving.
This recipe also works great as a pizza base. If you do try this recipe please drop me a comment and a star rating. It is always appreciated.
More Bread Recipes to try:
Cheesy Garlic Naan Bread
- 2 cups cake wheat flour or all purpose flour
- 1 tsp instant dry yeast
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 tbsp yogurt
- 150 ml warm milk
- 2 cups grated mozarella cheese
- 2 large garlic cloves minced
- 50 gram butter
- coriander leaves finely chopped
- Place the flour, yeast, salt and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Give it a quick mix
- Add the yogurt, oil and warm milk and knead for 5-7 minutes on medium speed. The dough will seem sticky at first but will eventually become silky smooth and pull away from the sides of the bowl.
- Remove the dough from the mixer. Make a ball with the dough and rub some oil on the dough. Place it in a large greased bowl
- Allow the dough to rest in a warm place for 1 hour or until it's double in size
- Punch down the dough and divide it into 8 equal pieces
- Create a neat ball with each piece and flatten it a little. Place about 2 tablespoons of cheese in the centre. Bring the edges together and create a ball
- Dust a flat surface with flour and roll out as thin as possible, about 24cmx14cm. Be gentle when rolling as the cheese may pop out
- Add the garlic and butter to a bowl. Heat in the microwave for about 30-40 seconds
- Heat a pan on high heat. Toast the naan bread until brown spots starts to form. Flip it over
- If you have a gas cooker, you can turn the heat down and hold the naan bread over the flames with a pair of tongs until it's slightly charred
- Brush the naan bread with the garlic butter and sprinkle some fresh coriander on top. Serve hot
- I usually heat my oven on the lowest setting just until it starts to warms up. I then turn it off and place my covered dough in the oven. This helps it rise faster
- You can increase the amount of garlic if you prefer extra garlicky naan bread
- You can also sprinkle some cheese on top of the naan bread and toast them for some extra cheesiness.