Kefir bread (substitute your grain of choice)

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JeniB
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Kefir bread (substitute your grain of choice)

Postby JeniB » Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:25 pm

I'm going to try and use bean flour instead of regular flour for this.


Kefir 'Naan' or Flat Bread

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This bread was inspired by ‘naan’ bread. This recipe uses Kefir as the only source of leavening.

Ingredients
1 3/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour
about 3/4 cup kefir
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon clarified butter (ghee) or butter or virgin coconut oil

Oven at 220ºC / 425º F

The day before add enough kefir to your flour and salt in order to make a nice kneading bread dough. Do not forget the salt! Knead until the dough is elastic and smooth. Place in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel. Leave overnight in a warm place.

Next day, when the dough is well risen and before it collapses, knock it down and divide into little lumps. I usually made 16 little ones, but you can make bigger ones if you like. Stretch them out by hand so that the dough is about 1/2 cm (1/4 inch) thick. Place on a well oiled sheet pan dusted with corn meal, cover with oiled plastic wrap and leave in a warm place for about half an hour or until risen. Before baking, gently brush the tops with the melted fat of your choice as this gives the bread an extra nice touch. Bake for about 5 to 8 minutes or until they have coloured a bit. Watch out that they don't get toasted, this bread should be soft. Serve at once or keep wrapped in a cloth until needed.

These little flat buns don't keep that well. However you can revive them, by sprinkling with water and placing them in a hot oven or grill, just for a few minutes. You can, before baking, sprinkle the buttered tops with poppy or ground cumin seeds. Or even with some garlicky herb butter. Delicious!
You can also used this kefir dough as a pizza base. For that just make enough dough the day before for your usual size pizza. As a rough guide for each cup of flour you need a third of a cup of kefir. If you haven't got enough kefir to spare, top it up with water.
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Re: Kefir bread (substitute your grain of choice)

Postby Kari » Tue Jan 04, 2011 8:18 pm

I wonder if these come out OK with non-gluten grains... Will it rise w/o the gluten?

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Re: Kefir bread (substitute your grain of choice)

Postby JeniB » Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:08 am

I don't know! I may try it though just to see. I always hate wasting good kefir since I go through major efforts to keep it in stock. We'll see. :?
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Re: Kefir bread (substitute your grain of choice)

Postby JAG2MOM » Thu Dec 08, 2011 1:37 am

I would love to know if anyone has tried this and how it turned out! And is this talking about water kefir or milk kefir?
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