Thursday, June 12, 2008

PIDE - Turkish seeded bread

Recently i got this "Ultimate Bread " book by Eric Treuille and Ursula Ferrigno from the library .This is a great book for a beginner like me.It features recipes for 40 or more varieties of bread and describes each and every step thats involved in making a basic bread dough,with photos too.Since it's my 1st time i chose to bake a simple one.

Pide is recognised by its distinctive ridged pattern,golden crust and topping of nigella seeds/fennel seeds/sesame seeds.Its traditionally prepared for the muslim festival of ramadan,when it is eaten to break the fast at sunset.Plain pide baked unglazed and without the sprinkling of seeds is a regular accompaniment to grilled kebabs and kofte.

I am sending this for this months A.W.E.D - middle eastern cuisine hosted this month by Siri of Siri's Corner.

(Recipe adapted from the book "ultimate bread")

INGREDIENTS

Dry yeast - 2 tsp

sugar - 1/2 tsp

water - 3/4 cup + 1/2 cup

Unbleached flour - 3 1/2 cups

salt - 1 tsp

olive oil/veg oil - 2 tbsp + for glazing (can use egg wash too)

nigella seeds/fennel seeds/sesame seeds - 2 tsp

Note:- All ingredients should be at room temperature

METHOD

Sprinkle the yeast and sugar into 1/2 cup of lukewarm water in a bowl.Leave for 5 mins,then stir to dissolve.This should be done just before adding the yeast to the flour.Avoid using metal bowls or utensils to prepare yeast.Metal can impart an unpleasant aftertaste to the yeast mixture.


Sift the flour and salt together in a large bowl.Make well in the center and pour the dissolved yeast and the oil.


Mix in the flour.Stir in the remaining water,as needed to form a firm soft dough.Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.Knead until smooth,supple and elastic ,about 15 mins.Initially the dough will be stiff but will soften and stretch gradually as you continue kneading.


Put the dough in a clean,oiled bowl,turning it to coat evenly with the oil.Cover with a dish towel,then let it rise until doubled in size,about 1 1/2 hrs.To check if the dough has completely risen press it gently with your fingertip.It will not spring back completely if its completely risen and spring back at once when the rising is incomplete.

Punch down the dough and rest for 10 mins.

Divide the dough into 2 equal parts.Roll each piece into a smooth ball and put it on a lightly floured baking sheet.Roll out each piece to form a 1/4in. thick round.Cover with a dish towel and let it rest for 20 mins.

Preheat the oven to 425 deg F

Use the blunt edge of knife to gently draw 4 parallel impressions across on top of each dough,then 4 more in the opposite direction.Brush with olive oil.

Sprinkle the dough with the seeds evenly and bake for 10-15 mins,until puffy and golden in color.wrap the breads immediately in a dishwtoel to keep the crust soft and prevent from drying out.

To check the doneness of the bread: -

A well baked bread should be golden brown in color,not too pale,not too dark in color.The texture and feel of bread should be firm to the touch without seeming hard.The best test is to listen to the sound of the baked bread when it is tapped on the underside.it should sound slightly hollow when it has been properly cooked.

30 comments:

Siri said...

Lovely looking bread Ranji. Guess, I must bake my bread soon. nice notes.. Thanks for such a lovely entry babes!

Hugs,
Siri

Happy cook said...

Wow you made this at home.
Here i have seen this in all the turkish shops.

Looks so good

Cham said...

Beautiful job Ranji, The bread is simply awesome :)

Devi Priya said...

Beautiful layout and well explained... The bread looks delicious.

Arundathi said...

Looks lovely, Ranji!

Roopa said...

Wow ranji, thats a very new recipe for me:) Since its tried and tested by you, I will also give it a chance:) Beautiful presentation:)

Madhavi said...

WOW awesome bread, looks great!!!!

Check out my blog, something waiting for u :)))

Swati Raman Garg said...

wahh... this looks so good and soft .. dont know when will i get to bake :(

Laavanya said...

Bread looks great and very professional.

Asha said...

Beautiful bread. I have that book, really good recipes. Enjoy!:)

ranji said...

siri..thank u so much... i hope u try it..its really good..its simple too...if i can do it..so can u:)

@HC,cham,devipriya,anu..thank u so much

@roopa...thank u so much..if u come across this book in library take it and try out the breads its realy good..i am going to rry 5-6 more from here :)

@madhavi..thank u so much..i really grateful to u for thinking of me:)..

@swathi....dont be sad..tera number zaroor ayega:)..bahut jaldi..

@laavanya..thank u so much

@asha..thank u..u have that book??wow!!u r soooooo lucky..i am trying to get hold of this book soon..checking everywhr for prices:)..this is one priced possession...i am sure to try out 5-6 more breads b4 returning it:)).

Suma Rajesh said...

beautiful bread ranji...u have done a great job..presentation is too good..

kamala said...

Bread looks sooooo Yummmm Ranji

Uma said...

that's such a lovely bread, Ranji! looks like lot of work involved. you've done a great job! looks so delicious. great entry.

Aparna said...

This one is new to me. Looks real good and no one would believe this is your first attempt.
I love baking bread, though I'm not an expert.

Raaga said...

so lovely :-)

Srivalli said...

Looks great Ranji!..how wonderful to bake your own!

delhibelle said...

Looks so delicious !

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

great job ranji, looks like u r quite a bread maker!!! :-) looks professional!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi Ranji....
This is a very different recipe. Looks so good. Turned out so perfect. YUM!.... Have to try this recipe....

Shubha Ravikoti said...

Hey ranji...:) The bread looks awesome.. its so soft and nice...:D

Have something for u in my blog... check out!

Sig said...

Great job Ranji, the bread has turned out really nice!

Sireesha said...

The bread is looking nice. I will try this soon.
By the way there is something for you in my blog. :-)

Nanditha Prabhu said...

wow! the bread has turned ut really good...

sowmya said...

that bread looks lovely..am going to try it..

Asha said...

Come and get your award at FH Ranji!:)

Swati Raman Garg said...

now this is a deal ranji ... when i get my oven u r gonig to help me with my first bread.. and mufins...

ranji said...

Thank u all for ur lovely and encouraging comments..i truly apprciate every bit of it:)..

And swathi..DONE..lets shake on it :)...I vow to help u in every way i can and whenever u want :)...

TBC said...

The bread looks just perfect, Ranji! I've never tried my hand at baking a bread...

Sunshinemom said...

The bread definitely doesnt look like a beginner's bake! Good one!