Rhiannon is the name of my second child born in October 2011. While at home on maternity leave, I discovered the Baking with Julia group and decided to join. While I may be short on time, I love to bake and love having an excuse to bake. Although Rhiannon cannot eat all of these treats, she is a (somewhat) patient observer of my endeavors.
Monday, June 4, 2012
Final product- Oasis Naan
These big little dough poufs were just fine, not amazing, not bad, just fine. I am racking my brain trying to think of why they were just so.
They were a bit chewier than expected. I think I followed the recipe correctly and did everything it said. I don't think I overworked the dough at any point, although I must say, I had to add a bit more flour than the recipe stated. I probably added a good 1/2 cup more than it stated in the ingredients list because the dough remained sticky after I added all that it called for. I kneaded for 10 minutes and the dough felt right at that time. But still the chewiness...
The flavor was lacking. Maybe I didn't add enough green onions or cumin seeds. Or maybe salt. The first two I made I forgot to add the salt along with the onions and seeds and added it after they came out of the oven. And come to think of it I ate one of those with dinner. The next morning I had one from a later batch, and it was better. But still the blandness...
The dinner I paired it with was not good. More than anything about the recipe or my execution, I think this is the source of its ho-humness.
Ready to bake.
Case in point: I saved some of the risen dough in the fridge for the next morning (as there was no way we could have or should have eaten all eight in one night). In the morning I prepared them the same but in place of onions and cumin I used cinnamon and sugar. Paired with coffee, they were better than average. And the salt in the dough nicely balanced out the sugar on top.
Maybe I just need to make these again and see if the same things happen. And make them with a stellar dinner (maybe one picked up from my friend's newly opened fabulous Indian street food restaurant- Bollywood Theater). They were simple and easy and when it comes down to it, there is not much to dislike about freshly made dough poufs.