Pide - Turkish Flat Bread

 It is a crisp late winter evening. The buttery flowers of Magnolia are visible in the full moon light. The air is faintly scented by the magnolia flowers as a gentle wind sways the dainty branches bearing the flowers. The moon shimmers in our fish pond too. It bobs as the water wiggles by the swish swash of the fish. We inhale a lungful of fresh fragrant air, feel relaxed, rejuvenated and alive!

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
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.

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  1. I have always wondered if it would be easy to make pide. I love the stuff and your recipe certainly makes it sound pretty easy to make. I need to make bread for our Christmas celebrations in order for me to be able to make bruschetta and I think that pide might be the best bet, especially with those delicious seeds on top of it. Thank you for sharing this lovely (hopefully simple) recipe with us all Namita :)

  2. Very pretty bread Namita. Loved the colour of that soup too!

  3. i am truly loving this turkish flat bread :) i will try this for sure :)