Indian-Style Flatbread (Naan)
We wanted a light and tender naan that approached the quality of the best restaurant naan, without the need for a tandoor. We started with a moist dough with a fair amount of fat, which created a soft bread that was pleasantly chewy, but the real secret was the cooking method. While we thought a grill or preheated pizza stone would be the best cooking method, we discovered that they cooked the bread unevenly. A much better option was a covered skillet. The skillet delivers heat to the bottom and the top of the bread, producing loaves that are nicely charred but still moist.
How Much Oil for Cast Iron Upkeep?
by Lan Lam
To maintain a cast-iron skillet’s seasoning, we recommend coating the cleaned skillet with oil and then heating it briefly after every use. But how much oil is needed?
We compared two cast-iron skillets, both heated and coated with 1 tablespoon of oil. We thoroughly wiped the oil from one pan and left a thin layer of oil in the other. We heated both skillets again until they smoked, a sign that the oil was breaking down and bonding to the pan to create a nonstick coating, cooled them, and scrambled eggs in each to test sticking.