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.