Turkish bread

Turkish bread, also known as “pide” or “Turkish pide,” is a traditional flatbread that’s popular in Turkish cuisine. It is often used for making sandwiches, kebabs, or enjoyed on its own. Here’s a basic recipe for making Turkish bread at home:

Ingredients:

For the Dough:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

For the Topping (optional):

  • Sesame seeds or nigella seeds

Instructions:

1. Activate the Yeast:

  • In a small bowl, combine warm water and sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Sprinkle the yeast over the water and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes until it becomes frothy.

2. Make the Dough:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt.
  • Make a well in the center and pour in the activated yeast mixture and olive oil.
  • Mix until the dough comes together.

3. Knead the Dough:

  • Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for about 8-10 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. Add more flour if needed to prevent sticking.

4. First Rise:

  • Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover it with a damp cloth, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1-2 hours or until it doubles in size.

5. Preheat the Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 450°F (230°C). If you have a pizza stone, place it in the oven to heat.

6. Shape the Dough:

  • Punch down the risen dough and divide it into two equal portions.
  • Roll each portion into an oval or rectangular shape, about 1/2 inch thick.
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7. Second Rise:

  • Place the shaped dough on a baking sheet or a hot pizza stone.
  • Let it rise for about 15-20 minutes.

8. Topping (Optional):

  • Brush the top of the dough with olive oil and sprinkle sesame seeds or nigella seeds.

9. Bake:

  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes or until the bread is golden brown and cooked through.

10. Cool and Serve:

  • Allow the Turkish bread to cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

Enjoy your homemade Turkish bread with dips, spreads, or as a side to your favorite Turkish dishes!