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Pide - Turkish Pita Bread
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Pide – a staple item in Turkish Cuisine. In Turkey, a table without bread is incomplete. Never ever consider entertaining guests without plenty of freshly baked bread! This particular bread is enjoyed especially during the month of Ramadan as part of a big feast. It goes well with soups, dips, and salads. Its freshly baked smell fills in the air in bakeries and patisseries. It has a lovely glossy finish thanks to the eggwash and slightly crunchy texture from the sesame /poppy seeds.

Although this bread is supposed to be enjoyed with soups, dips, and salads , in our household it is obliterated before even reaching the table as I leave it on the counter to cool down – it is a great snack and it makes me very happy to see my food being devoured. I make this a few times a year on special occasions, as it is very easy and the smell that wafts through the house is very enchanting and tempting – it attracts the entire household into my kitchen!

I highly recommend pide with Hummus, and my Red Lentil Soup for which the recipe is here.

As for the tips for preparing this bread – proving and kneading are the most important steps. For yeast, I use Allison Dry Active yeast.

It is very important that your yeast mixture -as in Step 1-  gets frothy on the surface after 20 minutes in a warm place. If it does not, please do not waste your ingredients.

When mixing in the flour  – be patient, initially, it will be sticky.  If you have one, use a mixer with a bread mixing/kneading attachment.  If you don’t, at the beginning use a big spatula to mix all the ingredinets and as the dough starts forming rub your hands with some olive oil and use your hands.

 

Serves 6-8 Prep time: 1 hr 30 mins.
Cook time: 20 min

INGREDIENTS

For the dough

  • 300 grams plain flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup milk, warm
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried active yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water

For the Eggwash

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  1. In a small bowl,dissolve the sugar in milk , and then mix in the yeast by gently whisking with a fork. Leave it for 20 minutes in a warm place to allow for the yeast to be activated. The surface should be frothy.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix 2 cups of flour, olive oil, salt, and butter. Gradually mix in the flour and water until a soft pliable dough is achieved.
  3. Cover the mixing bowl with a damp cloth and leave the dough to prove for 1 hour in a warm place.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 F/ 190 C in conventional mode.
  5. Split the dough into two. Work the dough on a clean floured surface, knead well with your hands. Flatten the dough to form a round/oval flat shape. Put the dough into a tray lined with baking paper. Using a blunt knife score the top of each round dough with a crisscross. Let it stand for 15-20 minutes.
  6. in the meantime prepare the topping by mixing the egg yolk, milk and vegetable oil. Brush this mixture all over the pide. Sprinkle the sesame seeds on top.
  7. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden, and serve warm.

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