Dining at a Turkish restaurant, you are usually served a wonderful warm bread called Turkish Pide Bread. It is moist and chewy perfect for hummus and other fresh salads served. My husband grew up eating Turkish Pide Bread in the Netherlands straight from the market stalls. They would eat it with raclette or as they would call it gourmet. We make ours without cheese. It usually is a grilled meat feast where I insist on having a salad and fresh veg to dip in the various sauces. For the past 20 years, when we have gourmet, it would be with French bread. And in the most recent past, I have been making the baguettes with success. My husband mentioned how nice it would be to have the Turkish Pide Bread.

Overcoming Fear of Yeast

Turkish Pide Bread

I decided to find a recipe and make it. Overcoming my fear of yeast bread making. It was surprisedly very easy. All it is is flour, yeast, salt, water, and Everything Bagel seasoning.

I have been experimenting with proofing my breads. Usually, I leave them out, but I decided to try and making a proofing oven in my oven without a proofing setting. It worked. I turned my oven to the lowest setting which is 170F. When it is ready, I put my dough in a metal bowl with a damp kitchen towel in the oven and shut it off leaving it to do a first proof for an hour or longer. It really works! I’m now making all of my breads this way and have cutdown production time by half. I’m now making my no-knead bread in a day instead of over two days.

Ready to make two loaves of Turkish Pide Bread?

Turkish Pide Bread

Turkish Pide Bread

Ingredients

  • - 500 grams quality brand of all-purpose flour (or 3.5 cups)
  • - 7 grams dried yeast (or 1 teaspoon or 1 packet)
  • - teaspoon salt
  • -1.5 cups warm water
  • - Olive oil to grease bowl for proofing
  • - 1 egg yolk
  • - 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • - As much of Everything Bagel seasoning as you want

Preparation

  • 1. Turn oven onto lowest setting.
  • 2. Combine flour, yeast, and salt in mixing bowl. Make a well in the center and add warm water. Use a wooden spoon to mix ingredients then your hands to bring the dough together.
  • 3. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface kneading for 15 minutes until it is elastic and smooth.
  • 4. Brush the metal bowl with oil then place the dough in the bowl coating it with oil.
  • 5. Spray kitchen towel with water making it damp then cover the bowl with it.
  • 6. Place bowl in oven and turn oven off letting the dough proof for an hour or until it doubles in size.
  • 7. Remove dough.
  • 8. Put a baking tray on the middle shelf then preheat oven to 450F/230C.
  • 9. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and cut in half then flatten slightly with hands not making it too thin.
  • 10. Place pieces on separate parchment paper then stretch into a rectangle.
  • 11. Cover with damp cloth for 15 minutes.
  • 12. Polk holes in the dough.
  • 13. Whisk oil and egg yolk and brush on the pieces then sprinkle with Everything Bagel seasoning.
  • 14. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
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