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BM# 51 — Baking Marathon: Day 9

Bake of the Day: Turkish Pizza – Pide

After all the breads and loaves posts, today I have a recipe for a slightly different pizza. It’s pizza from Turkey called Pide. It is a soft and chewy bread that is made with yogurt and traditionally shaped with a slight hollow that can accommodate any number of fillings.

Pide is essentially a boat shaped bread that is used as a pizza base and can be filled with grilled veggies, cheese, eggs. Even sweet fillings like fruit and custard can be used as fillings and served as cake.

I saw the recipe for this pizza in ‘Veggiestan: A vegetable lover’s tour of the Middle East‘ cookbook by Sally Butcher. Knowing my family’s love for pizza, I tried this for them right away. The pizza base was soft and the shape so interesting that it was an instant hit. My husband said this was the best homemade pizza he ever had.

The dough is very easy to work with, even my son wanted to knead it and as you can see another hand is also sneaking up to help him 🙂

I kept the fillings simple, just some pizza sauce with spinach, onions, corn and cheese. You can get creative with the fillings and have fun. In any case, this pizza is sure to be a hit every time it’s made.

The next 2 pics show how to make the boat shaped pizza. I found it easy to shape after placing the fillings in the middle.

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Turkish Pizza Bread (Pide) Yum
ide is essentially a boat shaped bread that is used as a pizza base and can be filled with grilled veggies, cheese, eggs. Even sweet fillings like fruit and custard can be used as fillings and served as cake.
Turkish Pizza Bread (Pide)
Course breads
Cuisine turkish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 180 minutes
Servings
pide
Ingredients
  • 2 cups All purpose flour
  • 11/3 cups Whole wheat flour
  • tsps Yeast Instant
  • ½ tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Greek Yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2/3 ~ 1 cup Water Lukewarm
  • 2 tbsps Soy milk (or use 1 lightly whisked egg)
  • 1 tbsp Seeds of Choice (Mustard, Nigella, Sesame & Caraway) (optional)
Course breads
Cuisine turkish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 180 minutes
Servings
pide
Ingredients
  • 2 cups All purpose flour
  • 11/3 cups Whole wheat flour
  • tsps Yeast Instant
  • ½ tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Greek Yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2/3 ~ 1 cup Water Lukewarm
  • 2 tbsps Soy milk (or use 1 lightly whisked egg)
  • 1 tbsp Seeds of Choice (Mustard, Nigella, Sesame & Caraway) (optional)
Turkish Pizza Bread (Pide)
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Start with ⅔cup water and add more water as needed to form a smooth, pliable dough. Knead for 6~7 minutes on a stand mixer or 10~12 minutes by hand.
  2. Transfer to a lightly greased bowl, cover and set aside for 1½~2 hours or until doubled in volume.
  3. Gently deflate the dough and then knead it a little more. Divide it into 2 balls and form each one into a pointed oval shape, pinching the edges to form a fat rim -- almost like a boat. Actually any shape can be made, but this torpedo shape is the most traditional.
  4. Cover the loaves and set aside for another 20 minutes to rise a little more.
  5. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Place a pizza stone or couple of greased baking sheets in the oven to heat up.
  6. Brush the loaves with the egg wash (or soy milk) and sprinkle with seeds (if using). Fill the inside with the choice of toppings and slide each pizza onto the hot baking sheets and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy hot!!
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22 thoughts on “Turkish Pizza Bread (Pide)”

  1. So cute to see lil hands helping you ! Just a twist of normal pizza dough does wonders isn’t it ? You r tempting me to make this and replace one of the BM posts :))

  2. that is a new one I learnt today!!! looks super attractive..And those small hands to help is a boon!! You should be a proud mom!!

  3. Sure time flies up. Didn’t realize your little one has grown up enough to take interest in the kitchen stuff. 🙂 Did she turn two BTW?That pide looks delicious and I am going to try it this weekend.

  4. I had bookmarked the pide recipe when Varada posted and also had it on one my initial lists for this BM. I some how forgot about it. Your pide look delicious

  5. This is definitely a different version of pizza for me. I never knew other places were also thinking in the same lines as Italy 🙂

  6. This is definitely a different version of pizza for me. I never knew other places were also thinking in the same lines as Italy 🙂

  7. i made during last mega marathon under TUrkey and totally loved it..it is so easy to work as you say…ur pictures are amazing- well like always

  8. Ahh that cute lil hands, even my LO loves kneading the bread dough when i m working on it!! The pide looks totally scrumptious, filling though simple is sinful with all that cheese!!! 🙂

  9. I have tried it with two different fillings and we loved them both. The boat shape somehow makes it special. Love the little helping hands.

  10. My hubby has been asking me to bake pide since a while now.. Bookmarking! And must say it has turned out excellent, just perfect Pavani.

  11. It is fun to get the kids in the kitchen especially when baking! This looks so beautiful and I am tempted to take a bite 🙂

  12. Gorgeous bread. And love those filling too. Only today I let my daughter do some baking. Kids surely love to help us…

  13. Those helping hands certainly make your work easier. Love the pide in fact I love them all and want to try them out,

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