It took me so many years to get a second naan recipe on the blog and this one, with its silky, brioche-like texture and molten swirls of Cheddar cheese, is not unlike my first post from 2011. Sabaah, from Kitchen Delights, describes the Mauritian naan as being ‘one of the most famous foods sold during Ramadan’ with door-to-door sellers putting forth their products on a daily basis right throughout the fasting period. While it has now become easy and convenient to purchase any naan from your local bakery or supermarket, it nevertheless generates a feeling of contentment to knead your dough, prepare your stuffing and finally take a golden baked naan out of your kitchen oven once a while.

MAURITIAN CHEESE NAAN

Ingredients:

375g white bread flour

1 teaspoon instant yeast

1 egg, room temperature

120ml lukewarm milk

50g butter, melted

50g pure ghee, melted

1 teaspoons caster sugar

1/2 teaspoon kitchen salt

50g butter, room temperature

100g Cheddar cheese, grated

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Method:

  • In a large bowl combine the two flours. Add the salt and sugar, mix well and then add instant yeast.

  • Make a well in the center, add melted butter, ghee, egg and milk and combine everything together.

  • If more liquid is needed, add warm water very little at a time, so that it does not form sticky dough.

  • Transfer the dough to a counter surface and knead for 10 to 12 minutes till dough is soft and elastic.

  • Grease bowl and transfer the dough. Cover with a clean kitchen towel allow to rest in a warm place.

  • Once it has doubled in size, divide dough into 2 equal parts. Roll each one into a rectangular shape.

  • Spread room temperature butter all over, then sprinkle with cheese and roll each as for a Swiss roll.

  • Now shape each roll make a spiral shape. Allow to rise for further 30mins then brush with egg wash.

  • Sprinkle sesame seeds on top and bake in preheated oven at 200oC for about 20 minutes till golden.

  • Remove from oven and cool briefly on wire rack before brushing with extra melted butter. Serves 4.

Mauritian Cheese Naan

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