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Peshwari Naan, Scones & baking stone question

punainenkettu's picture

Peshwari Naan, Scones & baking stone question

I just wanted to share some of my recent efforts!  I do have a question about baking stones however.  Previously I have been able to get by with just baking sheets but the Naan bread obviously needs the stone to come out right. Problem is I really can't afford to buy one. I thought however I had seen somewhere that there was something else I could use (A tile of some sort) but what is it and how do you season it?  Any suggestions would be great.  Here are my photos...


Peshwari Naan - Coconut stuffed flatbread





The recipe called for a very long rise (4-6 hours) with only an initial knead and one at the end before shaping which I thought was odd does anyone know why?

For anyone who is interested in Naan bread (or Indian food in general) I highly suggest watching the video here. She walks you through it step by step showing how to get the stuffing inside and offering tips along the way. I found it very helpful. I made a different stuffing of macerated coconut, toasted sesame seeds and ground almonds but the principle is the same.


And my Scones


They were cranberry orange scones and I almost messed them up because I added too much liquid...



Luckily because of this site I knew I could fix it so I was patient and just added flour until I got it right.


suzannahhh111's picture

before I broke out the cash

and purchased a stone

I used unglazed ceramic tiles

info here:

punainenkettu's picture

Thank you!  That is just what I was looking for I just couldn't remember. What did you do to season it?

suzannahhh111's picture

I bought a box of 4" x 4" tiles

washed six with warm soapy water

and made a pallet of them

in the oven

occasionally I;'d break one

but since I had a whole box

(really cheap too)

I could just haul a new one out

Crider's picture

You can also get quarry tiles at your local hardware store, or an expensive pizza stone at Target, the big box retailer. I've seen them for about US$15.

00Eve00's picture

I've wanted to, but never tried to make naan.  Your naan and scones look very good. Thank you for the video.

As for the baking tiles, I don't have experience with them.  But if you do a search on here, you will find a lot of info.  

My stone was a freebie from my parents.  I was helping my dad look for something and there was this stone.  My parents just said, "it was a gift but we don't really see the use, if you..." I didn't let them finish.

Maisonbleu's picture

For many years and many fine loaves I used quary tiles.  Mine are very well -seasoned and they fit into my oven just right.  After years of use, they sometimes become a bit brittle.  It is a good substitute for a baking stone .  Also, turns out some fine pizzas.  Your scones are beautiful ! 

JoeV's picture

I have made Naan in a cast iron skillet with good results, right on the stovetop.