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Re: H4ppy-chris new naan recipe
« Reply #530 on: October 22, 2018, 10:44 PM »
Here are 3 pictures of the naan cook from last night.  Each recipe had 1 Tawa and 1 under grill.  The Tawa cook provided more bubbles, resulted in a more raw doughy flavour but they were softer. The oven grill cook was slower and provided a more overall rising affect as you'd expect. but resulted in a more cooked bread flavour.

Even though the Tawa cooked nice looking naan the flavour and texture is not there.  None of these tasted anything like a T/A  bought, tandoor cooked naan.  I'm undecided whether it is the dough recipe or the lack of oven heat and flavour from the Tandoor oven.  In comparison I would only give the best of these a 6/10. They just don't do it. As for the recipe in this thread, it is bland and lacks flavour.  Someone said in this thread that H4ppy Chris does not add salt as Self-raising flour already has salt in it.  Not here.  It has sodium from additive 339, 450 and 500 but does not contain NaCl..

I've read that some people are very sensitive to the metallic taste of Baking Powder and I must be one such individual.  I can't yet say for sure which of the 2 non-yeast naan was responsible, if not both, but I had the clear metallic after-taste of Baking Powder overdose for over an hour after eating a small end off every one of these naan,  I will today taste test the yeasted ones first followed by the BP varieties with a time gap in between to see which creates this taste.  I do not experience this with purchased naan cooked fresh.  A possible cause of the problem is that my Baking Powder is out of date. I'm not sure how critical the Best Before date is on a container of Baking Powder.

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After taste testing again this morning there is no doubt that it is the additional Baking Powder combined with what is already in the SR flour that is causing the after-taste in H4ppy Chris' recipe.  The naan are fully cooked through so under-cooking isn't an issue. I don't get the after-taste from the generic Restaurant Style recipe which used Plain flour instead of Self Raising and used the exact same amount of added Baking Powder from the same container.  It rose and bubbled adequately without Self Raising flour. Not as much bubbling but enough. Again I found the absence of any salt in H4ppy Chris' recipe to provide a bland product.  There could be a regional difference in ingredients; ie SR Flour having added salt or not.
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Re: H4ppy-chris new naan recipe
« Reply #531 on: October 23, 2018, 06:30 AM »
I think it's interesting you're seeking to analyse this recipe and method - I'm sure with practice you'll find a combination which suits you best.

  A couple of thoughts - the bad flavour you noted from the self raising flour could be from the baking powder used, or some other additive.  Does the packaging give any clues?

Salt vs. No salt - I think this is a misconception on the part of H4C, because as far as I'm aware, self raising flour in the UK does not contain salt. It seems to be just the American market where salt is added to self-raising flour, but because of the mass of online content produced in the US you don't have to look far to find websites stating that all self raising flour has added salt.  As usual the yanks don't seem to be aware of the existence of the rest of the world.

For sure you should add salt to this and any bread recipe.

Are you sure of the ratio 30g baking powder to 1 kg plain flour, to replicate self-raising flour?  Not because I think you're wrong, but just because I will make note of that for future reference if it's confirmed.

Which recipes did you use for your test cooks last night? Have you thought of sticking with 1 recipe and experimenting with different amounts of kneading or varying the rest period, to see what different results you get?  Often with bread recipes it's the technique used, rather than the exact ratios of ingredients, which produces the biggest variation in the result.


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Re: H4ppy-chris new naan recipe
« Reply #532 on: October 23, 2018, 11:49 AM »
I'll answer more tomorrow Sverige but 30 g per kg is actually probably a bit light. 4 - 5 % is common so that's 40 - 50 g per kg. I just don't like added baking powder. Scones, pikelets, pancakes or naan. I can taste it afterwards. Bitter metallic and it lingers in my mouth. Apparently when adding baking powder to plain flour to make your own self raising, it should be sift mixed completely at least 3 times. I don't taste it when just using store bought SR flour.
I did find 1 UK source that added salt to home made SR flour but you are correct in the US being standard salt included.

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H4C recipe will taste better with the addition of salt and removal of baking powder so all is not lost. The other 2 recipes used were a generic "Restaurant Style" naan from the Celtnet.org archived website and a Tandoori Roti recipe from and old Indian cookbook. The first is not dissimilar to H4C except it uses plain flour and baking powder and the Roti ingredients and method are the same as any other naan recipe.

The main thing is that I can make successful bread using many recipes but I'm yet to find one that tastes like a bought tandoori naan. They just don't. 

As for technique, if you sit and watch videos on naan as I have you will see that some say minimal kneading otherwise you'll have too much gluten while others say full gluten development is required. I've tried both and everything in between.

 Ingredients, I've tried many different combinations from the basic 5, flour, water, sugar, salt and either yeast or baking powder, and sometimes both. I've then included milk, egg and yogurt in various combinations or singly. I've used different hydration percentage and even bought actual Indian Maida and atta flour. I've used Self raising, plain and even strong bread flour. All of these make a thing that look like a bread product and now with the tawa technique, like a naan. But they don't taste like one and they don't have the soft flexible texture. They taste like a bread but not like a naan.

Yesterday I made a single naan quantity of the buttermilk recipe from The Artisan baking school video. I'll cook it on the tawa today. I can't imagine Indian takeaways and restaurants go to any great lengths to hide a secret with naan so I feel it is down to the tandoor oven. I'm not sure but I can't get the same result at home and I know my way around the kitchen.

A bought naan is cooked through but so soft it can be folded into a foil bag. If it isn't eaten, the next day it can be reheated and is just as soft and still tastes like a freshly cooked naan. This simply does not happen at home.
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Re: H4ppy-chris new naan recipe
« Reply #533 on: October 24, 2018, 02:47 PM »
For what it's worth, I agree with you. I can make a nice tasting naan at home with a tawa. It's close to the real thing, but I also notice the difference in texture compared with a good restaurant naan.

I think your theory is a resonable one - perhaps the higher temperature and shorter cooking time of a real tandoor makes for a naan with a higher moisture content post-cooking. 

What was your conclusion on more kneading vs less kneading by the way? You said you'd tried both.


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Re: H4ppy-chris new naan recipe
« Reply #534 on: October 24, 2018, 06:25 PM »
Less kneading gives a grainy, crumbly mouth feel which is not how a naan should be. More like cake. As naan is bread it requires gluten development.
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Re: H4ppy-chris new naan recipe
« Reply #535 on: November 06, 2018, 10:41 AM »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nypVcrfz6dk&feature=c4-overview&list=UU9rT1AQMqTGiOO8uEf8foSA

Probably the best recipe in the world, thanks happy Christopher. Sugar easily reduced to 50g with fantastic results.

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After thoroughly reading recent posts, This may help confusion.

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No additional Salt as per recipe ,Baking powder 8g, Sugar reduces well to 50g 100g for sweet tooth.

I will post typical (UK) SR flour ingredients below.

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(Confusion) BIR style Naan bread and artisan style baking apear to have enveloped each other.

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Re: H4ppy-chris new naan recipe
« Reply #536 on: November 06, 2018, 05:23 PM »
Nice-looking naans, Mr Zimmerman, but confused by your comment "No salt, Sr flour contains raising agents".  Are you saying that the presence of salt would render those agents less active ?

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Re: H4ppy-chris new naan recipe
« Reply #537 on: November 06, 2018, 07:35 PM »
Please except my apologie and lack of care in my post, it is as it is! SR flour already contains a very fine grain of salt. Christopher explains additional salt simply not required as the recipe, if one was to make a custom mix of SR flour the recipe would still be followed, not to include additional salts.
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Re: H4ppy-chris new naan recipe
« Reply #538 on: November 06, 2018, 07:51 PM »
Is it rolling Bob? Sorry to say I don't agree with you.
The cooking technique is now well known and several tawa naan videos are out in the public domain. As for ingredients? Not the best recipe in the world obviously as you've already changed it by halving the sugar content. I would add these points as well. The baking powder is excessive, if really required at all. No salt is bland and tasteless (except for BP after-taste).
I've used 2 different recipes recently that produce far better results. My own extensive testing of this recipe has shown that the extended "necessary" wait times are not as critical as claimed, and in fact the use of chemical raising all but negates this requirement. Some fermentation may occur for flavour over this time but under refrigeration, it will be minimal. The bench rest is important to relax gluten but the hours mentioned as "required" are excessive. Excellent quality naan can be prepared and eaten within hours, not days. If you want more flavour profile use a starter, but still easily possible for same day prep and cook.
Edit, salt only present in SR flour purchased in the USA. Not anywhere else.

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Re: H4ppy-chris new naan recipe
« Reply #539 on: November 07, 2018, 08:09 AM »
I just checked bags of flour in the cupboard at home. From Lidl actually, although I expect other brands are similar. The self raising flour contains 1.1g of salt per 100g of product. The plain flour contains only a trace of salt at less than 0.01g. I never knew that self raising flour contains salt. But I still reckon any cake, and especially bread type recipe, requires more salt than 1.1g per 100g. I've tried the H4C naan recipe(s) and I was impressed. They produce good results even though I don't understand what's going on with leaving baking powder to 'prove'. I can believe the standing time may not be necessary.

Also, I abandoned attempts at placing naan in a tandoor oven which I have. It;'s simply far too hot and, as I can get good results on a domestic gas cooker, it doesn't seem worth the risk of serious burns.

Finally, why call h4C Christopher? And why hijack a celebrity name as a user name?



 

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