Back in the kitchen, Pumpkin Carrot Soup bubbles in the stove. A Pide bread is waiting to be sliced. A simple and early dinner that suits so well in the winters.
Pide is the special Turkish bread for Ramadan. It is topped with sesame seeds and nigella seeds. The seeds adds a great crunch to the otherwise soft flat bread.
Pide – Turkish Flat Bread
Adapted from - myturkishkitchen.blogspot.in
4 cups all-purpose flour
½ stick (1/4 cup) butter softened
½ tablespoon instant dry yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
½ tablespoon salt
1 ¾ cups warm water
1 teaspoon each of Sesame seeds and Nigella seeds for topping
In a large mixing bowl, mix all the dry ingredients. Add butter and mix well. Add about 1 cup water and bring together all the ingredients. Add more water and knead for 5 to 8 minutes. The dough should be sticky.
Cover the bowl with and keep in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled.
Knead again for about 4 to 5 minutes till dough becomes smooth and elastic.
Grease a baking tray. Transfer the dough to the tray and stretch it with your hands to cover the tray. Take a sharp knife and cut square shapes in the dough (refer picture). Sprinkle sesame and nigella seeds on top. Cover with a kitchen towel and let the dough rise for 30 minutes.
Bake Pide in the preheated oven at 180 degrees C for 30 to 35 minutes or till the top turns a beautiful golden brown.
Remove from oven. Cool in the rack. Slice when cold.