I have never make a naan bread before and making it into an owl pizza seems to be an fun way to eat a naan bread.
I got this Halloween pizza idea from Sue at Munchin Munchies. Sue is super creative in her baking and I adore the way how she dressed up plain naan breads into stunning-looking Halloween pizza. So, here I am, making naan breads from scratch and dressing them up into cute owl pizzas, just like "killing two birds with one stone" ...
This wholemeal naan breads are absolutely fabulous with their soft chewy bites and great nutty flavour and we were all very happy eating these cheerful-looking pizzas.
|Is this a naan bread or an owl pizza?|
|Making the naan breads|
|A small pinch of the bread...love the soft and nutty texture!|
Here's the naan recipe from the King Arthur Flour.
(with my modification in blue)
2 cups King Arthur 100% White Wheat or Traditional Whole Wheat Flour
(I used plain wholemeal flour)
1 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
(I used a combination of bread flour and Italian OO flour in the ratio of 1:4)
2 tsp instant yeast
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp (1 ounce) butter or ghee, melted (I used butter)
1/2 cup (4 ounces) milk or whey (from the drained yogurt) (I used milk)
3/4 cup (6 ounces) plain whole-milk yogurt
1 large egg
Whisk all of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. In a small bowl, lightly whisk together the butter or ghee, milk or whey, yogurt, and egg. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, stirring to form a shaggy mass of dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead it until it's smooth and shiny. Put the dough into a greased bowl, cover, and set it aside to rise for about 1 1/2 hrs, or until it's doubled in bulk. (Instead of kneading by hand, I've placed all my ingredients into my bread-maker and use "dough" setting to knead and prove the dough for 1 hr). At this point, the dough may be refrigerated, covered, for up to 24 hrs, for extra flavor and ease of rolling.
Divide the dough into six pieces, and hand-stretch or roll each piece into a thin oval shape. Pull on the front edge of the oval to elongate and create the tear shape. Let the pieces rest, uncovered, while you heat a griddle on high heat. Transfer the naan to the griddle. Grill for approximately 2 to 3 min on one side, until the bread puffs and begins to look set around the edges. Flip over and finish cooking.
Note: Using this recipe, I've made 4 of 21 cm x 28 cm (8 1/2 inches x 11 inches) naan breads and bake each side of the bread for 3 min at 200°C (fan forced with top grill).
Here's the owl pizza recipe from Munchin Munchies.
(with my modification in blue)
For 1 pizza:1/2 cup pizza sauce (replaced with tomato pesto)
1 naan or other flatbread (8 1/2 inches x 11 inches)
1/2 cup shredded Italian six-cheese blend (replaced with tasty cheese)
2 slices onion (eyes) (replaced 2 thinly slices of hard boiled egg)
12 slices pepperoni (wings and eyes) (I used just 10 slices)
2 black olives, sliced (eyes) (replaced with 2 green peas)
red bell pepper (beak)
green bell pepper (eyes) (I didn't use this)
yellow bell pepper (ears)
Preheat oven to 375°F. Spread pizza sauce (or pesto) over naan, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Sprinkle with cheese in the shape of an owl. Use 5 (or 4) slices of pepperoni per wing, placing pepperoni on each side of body, slightly overlapping slices. For the eyes, place onion ring slices (hard boiled egg slices) on face. Place a pepperoni slice on the center of each onion slice (egg slice). Top each with half (open end) an olive (or a pea), placing a small piece of green bell pepper in the center of each olive (I didn't do that). Cut 1 triangle from the red bell pepper for the beak, and 2 triangles from the yellow bell pepper for the "ears". Bake at 375°F (or 180°C fan forced) for 8-10 mins (on pizza stone or baking sheet), or until heated and cheese melts. For a crisper pizza, bake 12-15 min.
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