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Hello from Bhutan & a question

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Bhutanbaker

Hello from Bhutan & a question

Hello


This is a wonderful website, and i've been trawling in search of flat breads that might work in a frying pan. I don't have an oven, grill, toaster oven etc and am not going to be able to acquire one up here in the Himalayan foothills. What I do have is a gas burner and a frying pan, and I can get instant yeast, baking powder and white or brown flour. Yoghurt / curd is not available and my attempts to make it end up in with curdled sour milk.


 


Can anyone suggest a flat bread recipe that might work with what's available? I do miss bread ....


 


Thank you!

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Ambimom

I've made these sourdough English muffins and they are delicious.  You can substitute yeast for the sourdough, but making a sourdough is easy enough and there're plenty of websites that show you how.  Good luck.


 


http://www.wildyeastblog.com/2007/09/11/sourdough-english-muffins/

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lynnebiz

Oh, what I would give to be able to see the Bhutan for myself! I'm very interested in other cultures - but as I get older, my health is far from perfect and I doubt that I'll travel very far from my Boston home. Please share more with us - helps me travel via my armchair. :D


As far as your bread - you said that all you have is a frying pan - is there any way you could get a heavy pot, such as cast iron? Years ago I lived in a campground for a summer (sad plan to build our own home that never panned out). I 'baked' white bread (don't remember what recipe I used, but I'm sure it was just a standard, everyday type), and baked it in a covered cast iron pan, outside, over a charcoal grill. It came out incredible, as I remember. That was about 25 yrs ago, so I can't remember the details, though, except that I made sure it was a low flame & let it cook a good long while.


If you can't get something like that, besides the English muffin idea, which is excellent, if you have a cover for your frying pan, I would give just about any recipe a try. Make sure the pan is well oiled, cover & put it on low heat when the dough is ready to 'bake.'


Homemade tortillas would work (homemade are delicious) - and there's always (yum!) fry bread. There are specific recipes for fry bread around, but my family's (Italian) version was just bread dough fried up in oil. Mmm - we'd have it w/butter & sugar, but I'm sure it would taste good many other ways.


Now I'm hungry...


 


 

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Bhutanbaker

Thanks Ambimom and Lynne.


Muffins - what a treat. It'll be a few days before I try, but I'll let you know,


Rachael

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markinbhutan

Hi Rachael

Where exactly are you in Bhutan? I am in Thimphu, and getting an oven was quite easy. Curd is available from many restaurants, and yogurt is made commercially in Bhutan. I even bought a dutch oven.

Bye
Mark

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Bhutanbaker

Hi Mark


I'm in the East - Kanglung. Not quite as well-supplied as Thimphu! Our shopsdon't have refrigeration, but I've consulted Indian coleagues and am told there's starterto be had. And all these good frying pan ideas I'm getting will make Kanglung the bread capital of the East!

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Bhutanbaker

Hi Mark

I'm in the East - Kanglung. Not quite as well-supplied as Thimphu! Our shopsdon't have refrigeration, but I've consulted Indian coleagues and am told there's starterto be had. And all these good frying pan ideas I'm getting will make Kanglung the bread capital of the East!