Turkish Pita bread or Pide

Pita is a soft flatbread baked from wheat flour and known in multiple cuisines such as Mediterranean, Balkan and Middle Eastern. Can be used to scoop sauces, dips or as sandwich bread. It’s delicious combined with Humus or aubergine salad my mom used to make.

the quantities below make for 2 well-sized Pita breads

What you need:

  • 800 gr wheat flour 
  • 50 gr butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 spoon white sugar
  • 1 pack fresh yeast ( in Germany it’s 42 gr), it surely works with dry yeast as well 
  • ca. 600 ml fluid (400ml water, 200 milk) 

For later:

  • 1 egg yolk 
  • 3-4 spoons olive oil
  • white and black sesame seeds

This recipe was a bit adventurous for me but it will not be for you, as I figured it all out! 🙂

I have been researching for quite a bit now for a tasty and easy-to-make Pita recipe and found it on Aynur’s youtube channel. I assume she is a Turkish lady living in Germany, totally amazing but the measurements in glasses are kind of an acquired taste – so I converted everything in standard measurements for us.

Let’s do it!

Put flour, fresh yeast, salt, sugar and butter in a bowl and start kneading by adding the fluid to the mixture bit by bit. As I transformed everything in ml or gram for you it should not be a problem to pour everything into the bowl of a heavy duty mixer like Kitchen Aid and let the machine do the job until you have a homogeneous body. Let the dough rise for 30 minutes in a warm place. 

After the dough rose, prepare your working space. Sprinkle the table with flour and split the dough in two equal parts. Roll them out into 2 cm thick oval breads. 

After forming the oval pita breads, lay them onto the prepared backing trays and let them rest, covered for another 10 mins. 

Now get your gloss out – yolk and oil mixture – and coat the bread’s surface. When it’s totally shiny start an acupressure treatment on your Pide by pressing your fingers into the dough parallel with the breads  margin, leaving 2 cm distance. Watch Aynur’s video for this, it speaks a thousand words! You need to apply pressure properly, if not the line disappears during baking!

After applying the Pita acupressure technique successfully, sprinkle black and white sesame seeds on them. The mixture tastes wonderful. 

Preheat your oven at 180°C/356°F and bake the Pita breads for 30 mins.

Prepare to have sesame seeds all over the kitchen floor 🙂 As said: it’s a delightfully delicious adventure, darling!