Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Non Bread for #BBB Baker's Dozen Anniversary!

Non is a traditional flatbread baked throughout Central Asia.  This bread is typically produced in a searing hot tandoor oven by slapping the dough against the clay walls to bake.  For those home bakers that do not have access to a tandoor, (raises hand), cranking up the oven as high as it will go and using a pizza stone or baking steel can help approximate the tandoor and give the characteristic chewy, elastic texture.  Also, it is cultural tradition to eat this bread by tearing off pieces, not by cutting. (If you hadn't guessed, Non was what we baked for the Bread Baking Babes' Baker's Dozen Anniversary!)

 One rather fascinating aspect of this bread is that it uses a spoked stamp, also known as a chekich, to decorate the bread before baking.  Sometimes these Uzbek bread stamps are used all over the dough and sometimes just in the middle for a single decorative mark.  They are not absolutely essential to the bread however, which can be imaginatively decorated using many kitchen implements, the easiest of which is simply a fork and shears or scissors.  I will add that the dough does need to be gently flattened all across the center, leaving just a small ring around the edge.  Otherwise the dough will swallow up the beautiful design of the stamp, as happened to me.  I used the floral patterned stamp in my center and surrounded it with little flowers using a wax stamp.  Those exterior patterns at least stayed in perhaps a lamentable pattern.  Fortunately, this is a nice little bread, easy to try again and easy to double when you decide you love it.  Some of our Babes have baked it dozens of times now!

I did do something possibly sacrilegious as I was looking at a Turkish bread recipe around the same time.  I added a little oil (1½ tbsp) to my dough to soften it a bit.  After all, the dough is kneaded on an oiled surface...  So my results are probably softer but still have a little chew to the bread.  At any rate, very tasty!

We would love for you to try this beautiful and tasty bread and bake along with us this month!  No blog is necessary to participate, a picture will do. Just send a picture or your post of your finished flatbread to our host by the 29th of this month.  New recipes are posted every month on the 16th. Check out our Facebook group to see the participants' baking results during that time.

Non Bread
makes 1 flatbread


    190 g plain flour or desired blend of whole grain flour (I used all purpose and flax seed meal)
    1½ tsp fast-action dried yeast (I used instant yeast)
    ¾ tsp  salt
    ½ tsp caster sugar (optional)
    125 ml water
    oil or melted lard
    ½ tsp black onion seeds (Nigella, Charnushka), or sesame seeds

Allow 2 hours for the initial rise and 45-75 minutes for the final proving stage.

Put the flour(s) in a large bowl or mixer, add the yeast to one side and the salt and sugar, (if using), to the other. Make a well in the middle and pour in 125ml water while mixing thoroughly. Add enough water to make a sticky dough. Turn the dough onto an oiled surface and knead for 10 minutes until no longer tacky and the dough is soft and smooth. Return to the bowl, cover, and leave to rise for about 2 hours, until at least doubled in size.

Knock the air out of the dough and form it into a wide, rounded disc.

Set on a wooden board or peel, lined with a piece of baking parchment or sprinkled with semolina, and cover again with the tea towel. Leave to rise for another 45-75 minutes, or until doubled in size again.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 260°C/500ºF, or as hot as it will go, and put a pizza stone or baking sheet in to heat up.  The oven and stone both need to be screaming hot. Make a wide indentation across the middle of the bread by pressing with the heel of your hand, leaving just a doughnut-shaped ring around the edge. Create a pattern in the middle using a non bread stamp or the tines of a fork. Brush the top with oil or lard and sprinkle with the onion seeds. Trim the excess parchment from the sides of the bread to keep it from scorching.

Put a handful of ice cubes on the floor of the oven – these will create steam. (I, of course, forgot this part).  Use the board to lift the bread to the oven and carefully slide it onto the preheated stone or tray. Bake for 13-15 minutes. The top should be golden and the loaf sound hollow when tapped underneath.

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  1. Your loaf looks beautiful even if you didn't get the middle to flatten. I like the idea of adding some oil. I may have to try that next time.

    1. Turkish pide is a similar flattish bread made with water, milk, and oil and is known for its softness. I liked the idea of the soft crumb and snuck in that tablespoon of oil after the water. It gave my dough the perfect soft and elastic texture.

  2. There are so many variations of naan recipes I think it would be difficult to find that adding oil is never done. Maybe the most consistent is tradition would be not using a knife on it 😌 I rather like the puckered look on your loaf. I had at least two loaves that ruptured when my stamps was to close to the indentation. I like the idea of the oil added.

    1. I really liked the soft crumb it yielded, having gotten the idea from Turkish pide bread. Enjoying multiple pieces of this with mascarpone and raspberry jam! Need to make some stew to go with it. Excellent sopping bread.

  3. Your loaf is gorgeous. I wish I had gotten a larger stamp! I'm sure the oil is just fine! Your crumb is soooo fluffy!

    1. Lol, and I am debating on whether to get a little mini, because I love the little borders made with them!

    2. The little minis are nice... But they do tend to stick after being poked in once or twice, even if they are floured before being used. (Or, at least, this was my experience.)

      The crumb on your bread is perfect!

  4. I can't get over the fact that even though the hole closed up, the flower center of the design is still clearly visible. Fantastic!

    1. Lol, one reason I chose the torn shot for the top, since you can see the pattern better. Still, I would like to try again and properly flatten the middle next time!

  5. I know I would love to eat the bread.... baking it I'm not so sure about lol Gorgeous !

    1. This made such a lovely little bread, good for smaller families, I would definitely make it again. And I just love the flavor of flax seed in it as well, I will make it that way.


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