We often feature curry baby food recipes on our blog and our main website – so today we’re going to give you a recipe for a delicious Nan bread to accompany baby’s curry, suitable from around 12 months+!
Our little ones LOVED Nan bread and preferred using it instead of a spoon to mop up their curry sauce!
(Hold on a moment… CURRY as a baby food? If that sounds surprising to you, read our page about introducing spices to baby.)
Most Nan recipes use just white flour – but this recipe uses a combination of both wheat and white flours, making it a healthier option for your little one. It also contains a little sugar – not an ingredient we usually include in our recipes, but necessary in this case to activate the yeast.
This recipe will provide enough Nan bread for the whole family to enjoy – or, if you prefer, you can freeze the extra bread for future use!
Here’s what you’ll need to make whole wheat Nan
6-7 fl oz (approx 3/4 cup) lukewarm (not hot) water
1 tbsp active dried yeast
1 tbsp sugar
8 oz (2 cups) whole wheat flour
8 oz (2 cups) self rising flour
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
Pour the water into a bowl and add the sugar.
Stir constantly until all the sugar has dissolved.
Sprinkle the yeast over the water and sit the bowl in a warm place for 5-10 mins – a froth should appear on top of the water. If not, your yeast may be too old (so don’t forget to check the date first).
In a separate bowl, combine the whole wheat and white flours and sprinkle with the lemon juice.
Pour in the yeast/water mixture and mix well to form a dough (add a little more water if the mixture looks too dry).
Knead for 5 mins, then place the dough in a clean bowl, cover with a tea towel and refrigerate for at least one hour.
When you are ready to cook and serve your Nan, remove it from the fridge and knead it for another 5 mins.
Next, pull the dough apart with your hands into whatever size pieces you choose (you might like to make larger Nans for the adults and little ones for baby), then roll each piece into a ball.
Flatten each ball into the typical, oval Nan shape.
Spray a large, heavy frying pan/skillet with oil, then place the Nans inside and cook until golden on one side.
Put the frying pan under a grill/broiler to cook the other side – they will puff up slightly and turn golden brown.
Serve with baby’s favourite curry or dip!
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