10 July 2011

Turkish Pide Bread

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Pide bread is the Turkish version of flatbread. It is puffier and richer than other flatbreads in the region, and totally delicious. Traditionally shaped in a long flat oval, it can also serve as a bed for toppings, such as roast eggplant or tomato and cheese, the Turkish version of pizza. Pide bread can also serve as a vehicle for kebabs, placing the long kebab over the long pide bread and topping the whole thing with grilled tomatoes and peppers and chopped parsley.

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The plain pide bread is either roughly dimpled with your fingers or scored with a knife in a cross hatch design. My pide shaping skills still need some work. Like most flatbreads, these are best the first day they are made, but they keep well and can refresh nicely when reheated in the oven or toaster.

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Pide Bread

Adapted from Annisa Helou.

2 1/4 teaspoon yeast (1 package)
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
warm water

optional: egg wash, sesame seeds

1. Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup warm water in a large bowl. Stir in the flour, sugar, salt, and oil. Gradually add 2/3 cup warm water to form a dough. Knead the dough to form a smooth elastic ball of dough, about 10 minutes.
2. Rinse out the bowl, oil it, and cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel and allow the dough to rise in a warm place for 1 hour. Punch down the dough and let rise another 45 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 425 F. Grease a baking sheet, divide the dough into long oval loaves (you can make one very long loaf or several smaller ones). Place on the baking sheet, cover with a damp towel until the dough is slightly puffed, 10 minutes. Dimple the dough with your fingers. If desired, brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake 20 minutes for smaller loaves, 30 minutes for one large loaf, or until golden and firm. Eat fresh.

8 comments:

Heather Woollove said...

Ooooh, Mercedes-I think I will try this recipe this week! Thanks for sharing. XXO-

Anonymous said...

Great recipe! Thanks. I suppose this dough could be frozen and thawed when needed?

Laura said...

I have just found your blog on pinterest and this flat bread looks brilliant. I have never made bread before so I'll let you know how I get on. Thanks so much for sharing :)

Cinzia said...

Hi, sorry to bother you with a question relating to hummus and not this. first of all you blog is really nice and interesting. thank you for sharing with us your knowledge.
my question is: how many days hummus can stay fresh kept in the fridge ?

many thanks for your help.

kind regards

Cinzia

S.L. Stevens said...

Delicious-looking bread! Plus, it doesn't require a bread maker, so I could actually try it. It looks a lot like Indian naan bread.

Gosia said...

I love homemade breads. I will try your recipe soon.

Luisa said...

Love pide bread. Here in Berlin, it's almost always sold with nigella seeds sprinkled on top (kalonji). Can't wait to try the recipe myself!!

Simply Life said...

oh this bread looks amazing!