Thursday, October 4, 2012

Is this a naan bread or an owl pizza?

You are absolutely right if you think that this is either a naan bread or an owl pizza.

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.

owl pizza homemade naan bread
Is this a naan bread or an owl pizza?
Making the naan breads
homemade naan bread
A small pinch of the 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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  1. What a fun way to eat pizza! I've just got a Martha Stewart cookbook from the library and her chocolate cream pie looks very temping.... looking forward for your December special!

  2. I adore naan bread, and I only tried naan wraps, though pizza I see looks good too!

  3. Awesome "naan" "owl" bread! I know your kids loved it.


  4. Haha that is the cutest (and yummiest) looking pizza I ever saw :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. Delicious whole wheat version of naan bread, love the owl pizza too.

  6. I've had naan pizza. This looks great!

  7. That is so adorable, Zoe! What a great, fun idea!

  8. Oh how cute is this. I have a thing for owls, hope none got killed with the stone. He he.

  9. What a cute pizza! I bet your son loved it ;)

  10. Hahaha...looks like an owl, so cute :)
    I love naan. Its been a while since i had it!

  11. Hi Zoe, I was just thinking of making Naan yesterday! I don't have a grill so its good to know I can bake it instead. The owl decoration is such a cute way of eating Naan, my kids would so love it.

  12. Love the idea of owl pizza - my kids would be pretty happy to eat this. Like the sound of your cook like star event - I will watch out for more details! Following back

  13. I love it! Can I have a big slice please? I just bought a can of pineapple today, also of thinking of making some pizza but I'm lazy to make the dough from the scratch!

  14. Must be great fun doing this! It looks so creative and cute too:) and your bread texture looks super!

  15. Hi Zoe!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I clicked on your profile and, with a bit of serendipity, was brought to this naan recipe. I am making a curry tonight and I was going to search google for a naan recipe later today.

    Love the idea of making an owl out of it. I have a one year old son who I am sure will get a kick out of this idea in a couple of years.


  16. The owl pizza (naan) just made me hungry. Looks soooooo fluffy!

    Looking forward to Curtis Stone month and Ree Drummond (huge fan, have both her books!)

  17. Cute owl pizza, and delicious looking too! I was browsing thru KAF website last week and bookmarked lots of recipes! Your idea of a naan pizza sounds so good!
    Looking forward to co-host Cook Like A Star with you and the lovely ladies! :)

  18. How adorable Zoe! You're so creative. I have been wanting to make naan bread for some time simply because I eat it all the time. I make lunch time pizzas like yours above and I also pair it with a soup or salad. It's just so yummy! I may join you one week with a Martha Stewart recipe. I subscribe to her magazine so I tend to make tons of her recipes.

  19. Zoe, You definitely kicked it up a notch with making your naan from scratch!I know it must have been delicious because it looks wonderful! Your owl turned out so cute! Thanks for the shout-out and link-love, my friend:)

  20. They look very tasty..thanks for sharing.

  21. A great combination, adults and kiddiewinkles will enjoy x

  22. Delicious! Very original and interesting idea. Yum!

  23. I have always like naan bread, this might be a good time to try :) make the naan myself and get my kid to "decorate" with his own preferred toppings :)

  24. Very cute! Love the owl pizza!

  25. hi zoe, i actually like eating naan..and the ones that i tried here at a restaurant here actually quite resembles a pizza texture. this looks so fun!

  26. Dear Zoe, the naan bread looks delicious...I haven't had homemade pizza in a long time. And I look forward to participating in 'cook like a star'!!! Blessings, your friend, Catherine xo

  27. This is so cute! I really need to start making some homemade pizza - this looks delicious! That torn bread looks like it has a wonderful texture. Yum!

  28. looks delicious...just mouthwatering!

  29. Owl pizza? sounds fun..don't tell my kids or else they'll be bugging me to make one for them your kids love it.

  30. so cute, Zoe :) i usually just buy naan bread whenever i feel like eating one, yours look much more yummy! :)

  31. Zoe, making naan bread into a owl pizza, you are so creative. The texture is so good.
    Am excited to see the Cook Like A Star event schedule. Would like so much to participant in all the events ..:)