Make Ahead

Pide (Turkish FlatĀ Bread)

April 23, 2020
0 Ratings
Photo by Saboush Cooks
  • Prep time 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Cook time 20 minutes
  • Serves 6-8
Author Notes

In Turkey, a table without bread is incomplete. Never ever consider entertaining guests without plenty of freshly baked bread! This particular bread is served especially during the month of Ramadan as part of a big feast. Having said that this version is very soft and fluffy it would even be enjoyed on its own, —Saboush

What You'll Need
  • For the dough
  • 300 grams plain flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup milk, warm
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried active yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • for the top
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  1. In a cup, mix the milk, sugar and yeast. Leave it for 10 minutes to allow for the yeast to be activated.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix the egg, vegetable oil, salt, and butter. Gradually mix in the flour and water until a soft pliable dough is achieved.
  3. Cover the mixing bowl with a damp cloth and leave the dough to prove for 1 hour in a warm place.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 F/ 190 C conventional mode.
  5. Split the dough into two. Work the dough on a clean floured surface, knead well with your hands. Flatten the dough to form a round/oval flat shape. Put the dough into a tray lined with baking paper. Using a blunt knife score the top of each round dough with a crisscross. Let it stand for 15 minutes.
  6. in the meantime prepare the topping by mixing the egg yolk, milk and vegetable oil. Brush this mixture all over the pide. Sprinkle the sesame seeds on top.
  7. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, and serve warm.

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  • Saboush
  • Smaug
  • RSherr

4 Reviews

RSherr March 27, 2021
Don't understand why you mix grams and cups in this recipe. If you start with grams, (the best way to write a recipe) why change?
Saboush March 27, 2021
Grams for solids, Cups for liquid from a consistency and precision point of view. It is always more precise when you weigh your solids as opposed to using cups - especially when baking. Because you can fill your cups with flour lightly or tightly packed which would change the amount - not so precise! I hope it is clear.
Saboush March 27, 2021

Grams for solids, cups for liquids - consistency and precision. we measure liquids in volumes such as ml, litre, cups etc. Whereas solids are weighed and that is expressed in weight units such as grams, kilograms etc. Precision and consistency is the key. Sorry for putting my scientist's hat on here but this is how it is.

Hope this helps.
Smaug April 14, 2021
Some people have trouble measuring flour by volume, though in truth there's no great trick to it. The rest of this stuff is more easily measured by volume. In fact, if you know the consistency of the dough you're making (and until you do you don't really know the recipe)it could easily be eyeballed, like just about any bread recipe. Most common kitchen scales are calibrated so as to be most easily used by grams, but there's nothing intrinsically superior to them- most of us are probably more comfortable thinkin in tens, but that's just a matter of habit..