Bread has an important place in the culture of every country. Grain products have been the main food source for centuries with developing agriculture. Various cereals grown in different climates have been used by people living in that area. As a result, many different bread recipes have emerged. There’s Pretzel in Germany, Baguette in France and in Turkey we have the pide bread. The history of Turkish pide bread is based on Ottoman cuisine. It has been preferred in the Ramadan month over the years. Thus, Turkish pide bread gained a spiritual meaning. When the iftar time (ending of daily fasting) approaches in Ramadan, people wait in line to get fresh and hot pide bread in front of the bakeries. In fact, there are many types of Turkish bread, ranging from sourdough bread to loaves of bread. By comparison, there are more types of bread in European cuisine. Bread recipes in Turkey generally simple and consists of cereal.
How to Make Turkish Pide Bread?
Pide bread is made from freshly fermented or slightly sour dough. The dough should be a little runny than regular bread dough. Optionally, you can apply egg yolk on it, then sprinkle sesame and black seeds. I add all of them and I think it is the most delicious, but it is sold in bakeries with or without eggs. To make it crispy, you can apply very little water to the edges with a brush. The fan assisted conventional cooking mode of your oven is best suited for baking bread. To catch different flavors, you can also try steam cooking. Some ovens have a steam cooking function, or if you put water with a tray on the bottom shelf of your oven, it will work the same. If there is none, you will also have a nice bread with conventional baking. I hope you will like this recipe for Turkish bread.
Ramadan Pide Recipe
- 3,5 cups all purpose flour
- 1,5 cup water
- 1 packet dry or fresh yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp honey
For the bottom
- 1 tbsp oat bran or flour
To spread on
- ½ cup yogurt
- 1 egg yolk
- ⅕ cup water
- 1 tbsp olive oil
To sprinkle on
- 1 tbsp sesame
- 1 tbsp black seed
- Mix all ingredients for the dough.
- Knead until the dough gets little sticky and well-mixed. Leave it in a closed container for 1-2 hours to ferment.
- Take the fermented dough on the tray, spread the dough by hand with a little flour.
- Sprinkle enough bran or flour so that it does not stick to the bottom of the dough.
- Make grooves on the dough using your 4 fingers except your thumb.
- Mix the ingredients to be applied on it thoroughly and apply it with a brush.
- Finally, sprinkle sesame and black seeds on it, leave for another 10-15 minutes to ferment on the tray.
- Bake in an oven preheated to 200C (392F) for 20 minutes. After removing it, place it on the cooling rack or a cloth.