Greek yogurt yields a softer, more flavorful dough.
Second to Naan
Consumer interest in flavors and ingredients from India is growing, thanks in part to Indian cuisine’s ability to mash-up with familiar flavors and forms—from tandoori chicken nachos to naan pizzas. Naan stands out with great crossover potential, acting as a carrier in well-loved menu items, like sandwiches, tacos and flatbreads.
This Naan Flatbread sees a combination of bread flour, olive oil, Chobani® Greek Yogurt, dry active yeast, salt and water. “Naan is a common leavened flatbread baked in a tandoor oven, and often calls for yogurt or milk in most traditional recipes,” says Jake Briere, Corporate Chef, Chobani® Foodservice.
“By utilizing yogurt instead of water, the dairy will yield a softer dough, while also imparting some flavor into the bread.” The naan is then baked on a stone or charred on a grill, and brushed with thyme-infused oil.
“This naan recipe is really versatile; chefs can use it across their menu,” he says. On-trend ideas include featuring it in a modern bread basket with flavored butters, torn into strips and served with roasted beet hummus, and used as a carrier for a butter chicken sandwich finished with a tamarind chutney.
Why Use Greek Yogurt in Baked Goods?
Substituting full-fat Greek yogurt for a portion of oil or butter in commercial baking mixes is a simple step to baking with yogurt. Its impact on the end result makes it worth the substitution.
- Greek yogurt helps quick breads in retaining moisture throughout the baking process
- In a yeasted dough, Greek yogurt can lend a rich, sourdough like taste due to its acidic flavor profile
Tips on Baking with Greek Yogurt
By Jake Briere, Corporate Chef, Chobani® Foodservice
While most baking recipes requires precise measurements, it is helpful to keep in mind that yogurt is interchangeable for other wet ingredients such as water, milk, sour cream, oil, and butter. The best way to practice baking with Greek yogurt is to start substituting it for a portion of your wet ingredients. Continue to adjust these amounts until you reach a nutritionally beneficial outcome that does not sacrifice on flavor. I sometimes call this stealth health and it is one of the many reasons I enjoy cooking with Chobani® Greek Yogurt.
7 Fast Facts about Chobani® Greek Yogurt
- Includes live & active cultures
- Made with milk from cows not treated with hormones like rBST*
- No artificial preservatives, sweeteners or ingredients
- Only natural ingredients that are not genetically modified (non-GMO)
- Three types of probiotics
- Vegetarian and lactose friendly
*According to the FDA, no significant difference has been found between milk derived from rBST-treated and non-rBST-treated cows.