Garlic Naan and The Best of 2010

Can you believe that 2011 is upon us? Well I can’t! 2010 has brought so many fun and exciting moments for me. I started this blog in July after a few of my friends kept pushing and finally convinced me that other people besides my close friends and family would enjoy my cooking and baking.
I ran two mini marathons in May and a full marathon in November!  Below is a picture of me after running my first marathon. Don’t let the smile fool you…I felt like death!

Me smiling after running 26.2 miles!

We also got our second dog, Winston, a four pound toy poodle in January 2010.

Hemingway and Winston

My husband started his last year of medical training and is currently in his final six months of his Dermatopathology fellowship.

So what will 2011 bring? I know that after 9 years of medical school, residency and fellowship my husband will finally be finished with his medical training and we will start the next chapter in our lives. We are not sure where we will be going yet, but 2011 will bring us that burning question. Will it be the midwest, the south, east coast, or west coast? Who knows but I know I am ready! Bring it on! :)

Here are my top 10 posts of 2010. I am excited to see that I am not the only one with a crazy pumpkin addiction! Half of the recipes in my top ten are pumpkin! :)

Sweet Pea’s Kitchen’s Top 10 Posts of 2010:

  1. Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
  2. Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
  3. Classic Macaroni and Cheese
  4. Pumpkin Fudge
  5. Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies
  6. Pumpkin Scones
  7. Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies
  8. Spicy Sweet Potatoes
  9. Pretzel Rolls
  10. Pumpkin Cornbread

If you have tried one of these top ten recipes I would love to hear about it! :) Better yet, upload a picture to the Sweet Pea’s Kitchen Facebook Fan Page! And if you haven’t already, follow me on Facebook and Twitter!

Now, onto the post of the day! It is no secret that I absolutely love Indian food and naan is no exception. When my husband and I dine at our favorite Indian restaurant in town we order an unheard of amount. What can I say, you have to have naan with Indian cuisine. :) This baked flat bread is the perfect accompaniment for Chicken Tikka Masala, Tandoori Chicken, kebabs, baba ghanoush, and hummus.

Garlic Naan

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Ingredients:

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees)
  • 1/4 cup white sugar plus 1 tablespoon
  • 3 tablespoons warm milk (110 degrees)
  • 1 egg, beaten, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Directions:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the water, yeast, and 1 tablespoon of sugar; let rest 10 minutes until foamy.
  2. Add remaining sugar, milk, egg, salt, and enough flour to make a soft dough. Mix with the dough hook on medium-low until thoroughly combined and smooth, about 8-10 minutes. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch down dough and knead in garlic until combined. Pinch off small handfuls of dough, about the size of a golf ball. Roll into balls, and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Cover with a towel, and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat grill to high heat and lightly oil grate. Roll one ball of dough out into a thin circle. Place dough on grill, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until puffy and lightly browned. Brush uncooked side with butter, and turn over. Brush cooked side with butter, and cook until browned, another 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from grill, and continue the process until all the naan has been prepare. Serve warm.

Source: adapted from allrecipes.com

Looking for more yummy yeast breads? Check out Yeastspotting for some inspiration!

20 Responses to “Garlic Naan and The Best of 2010”

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    tryityoumightlikeit — December 31, 2010 @ 10:53 am

    I love the idea of posting your top ten posts of 2010. I’m going to copy you later today.
    Happy New Year!

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    Kim - Liv Life — December 31, 2010 @ 11:55 am

    I use a garlic naan from Trader Joe’s, but I really like the idea of making my own! I don’t know why I never thought of that!
    Your pups are adorable! We have two Maltese brothers who turned 1 just around Christmas. Both are currently curled up on my lap as I type… not much room for the laptop!
    I guess I’d have to be partial to the Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies! ;)

    • Christina replied: — January 3rd, 2011 @ 10:38 pm

      Those peanut butter surprise cookies are so faboulous…I am so glad I found them on your blog! They are one of my favorite cookies now…I am addicted! :)
      You should try making your own naan…it is excellent!

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    Tracy — December 31, 2010 @ 7:48 pm

    I just love naan. Your garlic version looks wonderful! Happy New Year!

    • Christina replied: — January 3rd, 2011 @ 10:42 pm

      Thanks so much! I pretty much think I have an addiction to naan…whenever it is around I cannot control myself! ;)

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    Green Girl — December 31, 2010 @ 8:54 pm

    I love naan and adding some garlic to it sounds de-li-ci-ous
    now I know how to make my own, thanks

    May this new year bring many opportunities to your way,
    to explore every joy of life
    &
    may your resolutions for the days ahead stay firm,
    turning all your dreams into reality
    and all your efforts into great achievements.
    Happy New Year to you & your loved ones.

    • Christina replied: — January 3rd, 2011 @ 10:45 pm

      Thank you so much! I hope you have a wonderful new year as well! :)

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    anjelina — January 1, 2011 @ 2:21 am

    i luv Indian Food. They are amazing and delicious.

    • Christina replied: — January 4th, 2011 @ 11:29 pm

      I agree! I have not tried one Indian dish I have not liked!

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    Kristen — January 1, 2011 @ 4:41 pm

    I really love garlic naan but have never made it. I hope to try it soon, along with your other Indian recipes. They all sound delicious! =) Hope you’re having a super happy birthday today!

    • Christina replied: — January 3rd, 2011 @ 10:49 pm

      Thank you so much! You should give the Indian recipes a try…they are fabulous! :)

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    anjelina — March 7, 2011 @ 2:16 am

    wow, the garlic Naan looks awesome and delicious.

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