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We’re making more gluten free bread! This time, it’s gluten free flat bread. Naan! [pinit] Yogurt in the dough makes it so fragrant and tasty. Even before you fry it! … more »

We’re making more gluten free bread! This time, it’s gluten free flat bread. Naan!
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Gluten Free Naan Bread

Yogurt in the dough makes it so fragrant and tasty. Even before you fry it!

Gluten Free Naan Bread

At first, the dough will really look like fluffy batter.

Gluten Free Naan Bread

Then you’ll add more flour by the tablespoon until it starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl. When you scrape down the mixing bowl with a spatula, it should come away clean. It will still be tacky to the touch, but hold together really well when you set it to rise.

Gluten Free Naan Bread

It’s so pretty. It’s honestly some of the prettiest, most fragrant gluten-free dough I’ve ever had the pleasure of spending time with.

I’m thinking of asking it out on a date, but I keep losing my nerve.

Gluten Free Naan Bread

Gluten Free Naan Bread

Once it’s risen, divide the dough into 8 portions, each about 95 grams.

Gluten Free Naan Bread

Heat some fat (I used ghee, since it has a high smoke point and I really like that) in a heavy bottom (cast iron if you have it) skillet.

Shape a piece of dough loosely into a round, and place on lightly floured parchment.

Gluten Free Naan Bread

Cover with another sheet of parchment and roll into an elongated oval.

Gluten Free Naan Bread

Dust both sides of the gluten free bread dough lightly with flour.

Gluten Free Naan Bread

Then place the dough in the hot skillet.

Gluten Free Naan Bread

If the pan isn’t hot enough, or the dough is rolled too thick, it won’t bubble. If you’re concerned, cover the skillet. But don’t make the skillet screaming hot, or it’ll just burn the bread.

Once it bubbles like this, let it cook another minute, and then …

Gluten Free Naan Bread

…flip to the other side. Cook for another minute, and remove it from the skillet. Repeat with the remaining 7 pieces. Serve warm.If you’ve never had naan, you’re in for a treat. If you have and you’re really missing it being gluten-free, you’re really in for a treat.

Gluten Free Naan Bread

Love,
Me

Prep time: 30 minutes       Cook time: 10 minutes       Yield: 8 pieces
Ingredients

2 1/2 cups (350g) high-quality all-purpose gluten-free flour, plus more

1 1/4 teaspoons xanthan gum (omit if your blend already contains it)

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

4 1/2 teaspoons (18g) sugar

2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast

1/3 cup (76g) plain yogurt, at room temperature

3 tablespoons (45g) ghee, melted and cooled (can substitute equal amount of olive oil)

1 egg plus 1 egg white, at room temperature

3/4 cup (6 ounces) warm water, about 105°F

Ghee or butter for frying

Directions
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, place 2 1/2 cups flour, xanthan gum, salt, cream of tartar and sugar, and whisk to combine well. add the yeast and whisk again to combine. Add the yogurt, ghee, egg and egg white, and mix on low speed with the paddle attachment until just combined. With the mixer still on low speed, add the water in a steady stream. Once the water has been absorbed, turn the mixer up to medium speed and mix for about 3 minutes. The dough will most likely be quite fluffy. Add more flour by the tablespoon, mixing well after each addition, until the dough thickens and begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl in spots. It will not turn into a fully integrated ball of dough on its own.

  • Turn off the mixer and scrape the dough off the sides of the bowl and gently press it into a ball (see photo). The dough should be smooth and fragrant. Cover the bowl and place the dough in a warm, draft-free spot to rise until it is nearly doubled in volume (see photo), about 35 minutes.

  • Once the dough has finished rising, turn it out onto a lightly floured piece of parchment paper. Place about 2 tablespoons ghee or butter in a cast iron skillet, and melt over medium heat. Divide the dough into 8 pieces, each about 95 grams. With the pan is heating, lightly flour the first piece of dough. Cover it with another sheet of parchment paper, and roll into an elongated oval, about 3/8 inch thick (see photo). Dust both sides of the dough lightly with flour, and place in the hot pan. Fry on one side until large blisters begin to form, about 1 minute. Allow to continue to fry for another 30 seconds to one minute, or until the underside is golden brown. Flip the bread to cook on the other side until browned – another minute or so. Remove to a paper towel. Repeat with the remaining 7 pieces of dough.

  • Serve immediately. Freeze any unused portion.

Love,
Me

 

P.S. If you haven’t yet, please pick up a copy of Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Quick & Easy! With your help, I’ll get my future grandchildren to keep the blog going forever and ever.

  • Becky Swora on Facebook

    That’s what I’m talking about! I was just thinking about making curry soon. Perfect timing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amy-Raslevich/1362777509 Amy Raslevich on Facebook

    Naan is awesome. And as I just received my first shipment of xanthan gum here in the Netherlands, I shall be baking this weekend.

  • Dana Baker Coughlin on Facebook

    Love naan bread, I have all the ingredients except plain yogurt, might have to run out and get some before the snow storm hits.

  • Missy Smith on Facebook

    Can you make w/o yeast or possibly a favorite alternative?

    • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole

      No, sorry, Missy. :(
      xoxo Nicole

  • gfnoor

    Wow, another awesome recipe!
    I have to make gluten-y stuff for my hubs and kids, and gee eff for me, so last night we had curry and naan. I was too tired after making the gluten full naan, and wiping down and cleaning everything to make any gf ones for me, but I am so going to try this out today. Yum! They look so good. I love naan, we eat it like a snack in my home, my boys love rottis and naans.
    Thank you for answering my naan prayers,
    regards,
    gfnoor.

    • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole

      Hi, gfnoor,
      I can’t believe you went to all the trouble of making gluten-full naan for your family! If I’m making it, I need at least be able to eat it. GF naan for all!
      xoxo Nicole

  • Karen Langley

    Can’t wait to try this one Nicole! I love love love naan! My 25lb bag of flour arrives today. Wonder what my afternoon activity will be? Is Ghee the more traditional thing to use? I have Olive Oil but could go out and find some ghee if it adds that little bit extra.

    • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole

      Hi, Karen,
      I have sort of fallen out of love with olive oil unless I’m using it raw, to be honest. It degrades quite easily. I really like ghee for its high smoking point, especially for frying. But you can absolutely use olive oil with very good results.
      xoxo Nicole

      • Tiffanny

        Why not use butter?

        • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole

          Hi, Tiffany,
          You could use butter. It burns more easily, though, so if you use butter, I would use some oil with it, too.
          Best,
          Nicole

  • Pam Grant

    never have enough breads….keep all the recipes coming!! :)

    • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole

      Good to know! Thanks, Pam. :)
      xoxo Nicole

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jennifer-Curry/651875264 Jennifer Curry on Facebook

    Thank you thank you! Naan is my #1 craving since going GF!

  • Linda

    Ah, you are an enabler! Now I think I need that bread dough proofer! And, having found a bottle of ghee in my pantry – maybe I need to make some naan bread… but first that bread proofer – living in the not so cold wastelands of Ontario, Canada… I need this…

    • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole

      I prefer to think of myself as a facilitator, Linda. Enabler is too mild. :)
      If you get that bread proofer, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. I really love it.
      xoxo Nicole

      • Linda

        Thanks to your facilitation, my bread proofer will soon be on its way to me!

        • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole

          Thank you for upgrading my role, then, Linda. It sounds much more respectable. Enjoy the proofer!
          xoxo Nicole

  • Jane Edie MacKenzie Lumsden on Facebook

    Awesome! Thanks, Nicole! Naan is one of those things I have not found a substitute for! Our favorite Indian restaurant has a lot of GF options, so I am going to make this and bring it with me! Sooooo excited!!!

  • Pamela G

    Naan pizza…mmmmmmmmmmm :) Thank you!!!

    • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole

      Hi, Pam,
      Good idea!
      xoxo Nicole

  • bookladyDavina

    ooh.. def gonna have to give this a try. Hubby feel in love with Naan while he was stationed in Kosovo a few years ago. I’ve never had it, so trying to recreate it for him hasn’t been going well. All the recipes I’ve found so far, he didn’t like or just weren’t right.. here’s hoping this one will satisfy him!!

    • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole

      Hi, Davina,
      This recipe is definitely a keeper. I think you’ll both really like it. But all I can really say for sure is that my family and I loved it. :)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Peggy

    I’m not a fan of Indian food but Naan sounds like a great choice to go with a bowl of chili. Spread a bit of garlic butter on it & top the chili with some chopped onions & grated cheese. A great cold weather meal!

    • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole

      Hi, Peggy,
      Naan isn’t spicy or anything. It’s just a really flavorful, yeasted flatbread. It would be great with a bowl of chili. It’s soft, too, so you can even fill it and fold it over into a sandwich.
      xoxo Nicole

      • Peggy

        I love the sandwich idea! Lots of love from my kitchen to your kitchen! Thanks for all your great recipes & ideas!!!

  • Dana Coughlin

    I went to the store and grabbed some yogurt, came home and saw that I bought vanilla yogurt instead of plain! :)

    • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole

      Oh, no, Dana! That’s definitely something I would do. Have done. It’s not a good feeling when you get home and read that label…
      xoxo Nicole

  • http://www.facebook.com/munnalisa Martha Rasnake on Facebook

    It’s the bread I crave the most! I have to try this! Hugs and Kisses to you! Woo Hoo! Chicken Tikka Masala here I come!

  • http://www.heathersblog-o-rama.blogspot.com Heather :) :) :)

    Oh yeah…I love me some bread ;) :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  • Kristi

    Making this tonight with curried fish, rice and green beans. Can’t wait!

    • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole

      That sounds great, Kristi!
      xoxo Nikki

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