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Turkish Flat breads with Cheese, Tomato and Egg; Yumurtali Pide

Turkish flatbreads with cheese, tomato, pepper with a cracked egg; Yumurtali, Peynirli Pide

Turkish flatbreads with cheese, tomato, pepper with a cracked egg; Yumurtali, Peynirli Pide

Merhaba all; Pide, Turkish oval flat breads, are much loved at home; they are the ultimate snack and our “to go” food, our version of “Pizza”. Many of you kindly expressed that you enjoyed my Pide with Spinach, Peppers and Feta as well as Pide with Ground Meat and Vegetables with recipes here and asked for variations. Hence comes this new Pide recipe with cheese, tomato with a cracked egg in the middle, Yumurtali Pide.

This pide hails from the Kayseri region in Middle Anatolia, where locals would also use region’s wonderful delicacy, Pastirma – dried cured and thinly sliced beef over the topping. An egg would be cracked in the middle of each pide at the last 4-5 minutes of baking and then baked further until the egg is just set, delicious. I used medium cheddar cheese (kasar as we call it in Turkish) along with grated mozzarella at the topping, they worked well. The addition of warm milk at this dough made the crust slightly softer with still a nice texture to it.

Pide, Turkish flay bread with cheese, pepper, tomato with a cracked egg, Kayseri Style

Pide, Turkish flat bread with cheese, pepper, tomato with a cracked egg, Kayseri Style

I hope you enjoy this delicious, easy to make Yumurtali Pide; you can alter the topping and add on your choice of cheese or slices of dried cured beef or pastrami too.  This wonderful Pide would also go down very well for Turkish style breakfast or brunch.

Afiyet Olsun,

Ozlem

5.0 from 2 reviews
Turkish Flat breads with Cheese, Tomato and Egg; Yumurtali Pide
 
This pide hails from the Kayseri region in Middle Anatolia, where locals would also use region’s wonderful delicacy, Pastirma – dried cured and thinly sliced beef over the topping. An egg is cracked in the middle of each pide at the last 4-5 minutes of baking and then baked further until the egg is just set, delicious. I hope you enjoy this delicious, easy to make Yumurtali Pide; you can alter the topping and add on your choice of cheese or slices of dried cured beef or pastrami too. This wonderful Pide would also go down very well for Turkish style breakfast or brunch.
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Recipe type: Turkish Flat Breads with Topping, Pide
Cuisine: Turkish Cuisine
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • • For the dough:
  • • 300 gr/ 10 ½ cups all-purpose plain flour
  • • 7gr dried yeast
  • • 5 ml/ 1 tsp. sugar
  • • 5 ml / 1 tsp. salt
  • • 4 fl. oz./112 ml/1/2 cup warm water
  • • 2 ½ fl oz. / 70 ml / ⅓ cup warm milk
  • • 45ml/3 tbsp. olive oil
  • • 1 egg + 5 ml/ 1 tsp. olive oil to brush the pide
  • • For the topping:
  • • 60 gr / 2 oz. medium cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
  • • 110 gr/ 4 oz. grated mozzarella
  • • ½ medium tomato, deseeded and thinly sliced
  • • ¼ green bell pepper, cut in half and thinly sliced
  • • 2 eggs (one egg for each pide) to crack over pide topping
  • • Red pepper flakes / Turkish pul biber to sprinkle over the egg
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C/ 350 F
  2. Stir in the dried yeast and sugar in a small bowl and pour in ½ cup warm water. Dissolve and mix the yeast in water. Set aside for the yeast mixture to get frothy for 5 minutes.
  3. Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the middle and pour in 2 tbsp. olive oil and the yeast mixture. Also stir in the warm milk to the flour mixture. Using your hands, draw in the flour from the sides and work the mixture into a dough. On a floured surface, knead for 3 -5 minutes, until you reach a soft, smooth dough. The dough may get sticky as you knead, so pour the remaining 1 tbsp. olive oil and add a little more flour if needed to help shape into a soft dough.
  4. Grease a large bowl with a little olive oil, place the dough and cover with a cling film. Leave the dough in a warm place for 1 hour to rise.
  5. Once the dough is risen, place the dough on a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough for a minute then divide the dough into two pieces and roll into two balls. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough balls into 2 oval shapes of 20 cm x 40 cm (about 8”x16”), with ½ cm (0.2”) thickness.
  6. Line a large baking tray with baking paper and place the 2 oval flat bread dough on the tray.
  7. Spread the grated mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, sliced peppers and tomatoes evenly over the 2 flat breads, leaving 2 cm at the edges as a border with no filling (I’ve found it’s easier to spread the filling while the oval dough is in the tray). Fold in the sides to act as border to keep the filling intact. Squeeze the oval dough at each end to make it pointy.
  8. Beat an egg in a small bowl and mix it with 1 tsp. olive oil. Brush the edges of dough with this mixture. Bake for 18 minutes, until the pides golden and crispy at the edges.
  9. Take the pide tray out of the oven and carefully crack an egg in the middle of each pide. Return to the oven and bake for another 4-5 minutes; take care not to overcook the egg; it should be just set with the yolk still runny.
  10. Sprinkle red pepper flakes, Turkish pul biber over the egg, cut in slices and serve while warm.
Ozlem’s Turkish Table at the Cactus Kitchens – Michel Roux Jr Cookery School and at the Blid & Hatton Gatherings

My Turkish cookery workshop and exploring flavors at the Cactus Kitchens - Michel Roux Jr Cookery School

My Turkish cookery workshop and exploring flavors at the Cactus Kitchens – Michel Roux Jr Cookery School

Fabulous Pide with feta, peppers and spinach made by the participants

Fabulous Pide with feta, peppers and spinach made by the participants

It’s been an exciting and busy few weeks with some Food Consultancy and teaching Turkish Cookery to enthusiastic participants. It was a privilege to teach at the stunning Cactus Kitchens – Michel Roux Jr Cookery School. We not only made Pide, Ezme, Kisir and many more with the participants, we also explored creative use of spices, talked about current food trends and carried out innovative food workshops to explore exciting flavors – a very inspirational and enjoyable day.

Our Turkish Cookery Workshop at the Medicine Garden, Cobham - Surrey

Our Turkish Cookery Workshop at the Medicine Garden, Cobham – Surrey

Another very enjoyable Turkish cookery class, with recipes including the much loved Stuffed aubergines/eggplants with ground meat and vegetables, Karniyarik. This time teaching locally at the beautiful Blid & Hatton Gatherings in Cobham, Surrey – England. I love how love of food brings us all together and grateful for the food lovers keen to explore new, delicious flavors. More classes to come in Autumn!

Making Karniyarik, Stuffed Aubergines together

Making Karniyarik, Stuffed Aubergines together

Spinach and feta filo pie, Ispanakli Borek is ready!

Spinach and feta filo pie, Ispanakli Borek is ready!

Karniyarik, Stuffed Aubergines were a big hit as always!

Karniyarik, Stuffed Aubergines were a big hit as always!

Delicious finish with Turkish Coffee

Delicious finish with Turkish Coffee

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Acma; Turkish Style Soft Bagels

Acma, home made Turkish style soft bagels

Acma, home made Turkish style soft bagels

Acma, Turkish style soft bagels have always been one of the Turkish style breakfast treats at home for us. It is also a delicious snack you can enjoy with cup of tea, Turkish cay, all day long. I had a chance to recreate these delicious bagels at home recently, everyone enjoyed them.

We have been pleased with the result; they turned out softer inside and a little crispy outside (this home made version is a little crispier than the Acma you get in Turkey but still very delicious and satisfying).

You can enjoy Acma, sliced in half, and buttered with jam or honey. They are also delicious with a cheese of your choice, sliced cucumbers and tomatoes aside.

Acma; home made, Turkish style soft bagels

Acma; home made, Turkish style soft bagels

I hope you enjoy making Acma; Afiyet Olsun,

Ozlem

5.0 from 1 reviews
Acma; Turkish Style Soft Bagels
 
Acma, Turkish style soft bagels have always been one of the favorite Turkish style breakfast treats at home for us. It is also a delicious snack you can enjoy with cup of tea, Turkish cay, all day long. I had a chance to recreate these delicious bagels at home recently, everyone enjoyed them. Hope you enjoy making Acma at home!
Author:
Recipe type: Turkish style pastries
Cuisine: Turkish
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 7 gr (1 pack) of instant dried yeast
  • 4 fl. oz. / ½ cup luke warm milk
  • 2 fl. oz. / ¼ cup luke warm water
  • 15 ml / 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 4 fl. oz. / ½ cup light olive oil
  • 238 gr/ 2 cups / 8 oz. + 1 tbsp. all-purpose plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • To finish / glaze:
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 15 ml / 1 tbsp. Sesame seeds – optional -
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 200 C / 400 F
  2. Combine the yeast with warm water in a bowl, stir well and let the yeast dissolve for a few minutes.
  3. Add the sugar, warm milk and the olive oil to the mixture, stir for the sugar to dissolve.
  4. Sift the flour in a large bowl and stir in the salt. Make a well in the middle and pour in the yeast mixture.
  5. Combine and knead the dough for a few minutes; you will get lovely, soft dough. Cover the dough with a cling film and tea towel and leave to rise at a warm spot (near an oven or in a warm airing cupboard works well) for 2 hours. The dough will double in size.
  6. Once doubled in size, divide the dough into 6 balls. One at a time, roll each dough ball between your palms to make it about 16 cm / 6 inches long. Then swirl and roll and seal the two ends together. Repeat this with the rest of the dough balls.
  7. Place the Acma rolls on a baking paper on a tray, making sure there are minimum 1 inch / 2.5 cm. between each Acma roll, as they will expand while baking. Brush with the egg mixture and sprinkle sesame seeds over the top if you’d like.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven (200 C/ 400 F) for 10 minutes. Then turn the heat down to 190 C / 375 F and bake for another 10 minutes or until the Acma has a rich, golden color.
  9. Serve warm, afiyet olsun!

Turkish cookery class at  Blid & Hatton Gatherings (The Food Studio), Medicine Garden, Cobham

Wednesday, July 13th, 10 am – 2 pm

Kisir: Spicy Bulgur Wheat Salad with Pomegranate Molasses

Kisir: Spicy Bulgur Wheat Salad with Pomegranate Molasses

I am delighted to share my next Turkish cookery class on Wednesday, July 13th, 10 am – 2 pm at the Blid&Hatton Gatherings (The Food Studio) at Medicine Garden, Cobham, England. We have a feast of a class featuring wholesome and delicious spicy bulgur wheat salad with pomegranate molasses, Kisir, ever-popular stuffed aubergines with minced meat and vegetables, Karniyarik, savory filo pastry with spinach & feta, Ispanakli Borek,  stuffed baked dried apricots, Kayisi Tatlisi and more.

Spinach and feta filo pastry pie; Ispanakli Borek

Spinach and feta filo pastry pie; Ispanakli Borek

Here’s the details and booking information, booking will be through the Blid & Hatton Gatherings, the Food Studio at this link. Early booking is advised and the participation is limited.

Ozlem1Hope you can join us!

Ozlem

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Baked Sea Bass with Vegetables; Sebzeli Firin Levrek

Baked Sea Bass with Vegetables in Foil; Sebzeli Firin Levrek

Baked Sea Bass with Vegetables in Foil; Sebzeli Firin Levrek

This delicious baked sea bass makes a complete meal with all the fresh vegetables in it, and it is so easy to make. I cooked the sea bass and the vegetables in olive oil, lemon juice and a little water and covered in foil. This healthy way of cooking retains all the wonderful juices of the fish and vegetables and makes the flesh tender. The result has been a refreshing, utterly delicious supper, easy to prepare. You can use any other white flesh fish of your choice.

I hope you enjoy this easy, delicious recipe, Afiyet Olsun,

Ozlem

Baked sea bass with vegetables, Sebzeli Firin Levrek

Baked sea bass with vegetables, Sebzeli Firin Levrek

5.0 from 4 reviews
Baked Sea Bass with Vegetables; Sebzeli Firin Levrek
 
This delicious baked sea bass makes a complete meal with all the fresh vegetables in it, and it is so easy to make. I cooked the sea bass and the vegetables in olive oil, lemon juice and a little water and covered in foil. This healthy way of cooking retains all the wonderful juices of the fish and vegetables and makes the flesh tender. The result has been a refreshing, utterly delicious supper, easy to prepare. You can use any other white flesh fish of your choice.
Author:
Recipe type: Healthy fish meals with vegetables
Cuisine: Turkish
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 fillets of sea bass – or a white flesh fish of your choice-
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed and finely chopped
  • 3 medium tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 - 3 medium potatoes, par boiled for 10 minutes
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 2 fl oz. / ¼ cup water (or fish stock)
  • 60 ml / 4 tbsp. olive oil
  • 5ml/1 tsp red pepper flakes – optional
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • Handful of flat leaf parsley, coarsely chopped – to decorate
  • Lemon wedges to serve
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / Gas 4
  2. Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil in a large, heavy pan. Stir in the chopped onions and cook until soft, for 3 -4 minutes. Add the chopped garlic and tomatoes and cook over medium to low heat for 3 minutes. Pour in the water or fish stock, lemon juice and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook gently for another 2 minutes on low heat and leave to cool.
  3. Par boil the potatoes in boiling water for 10 minutes, then drain the water and leave to cool. Once it is cool enough to handle, cut in half and slice thinly.
  4. Grease a baking dish with the remaining 2 tbsp. olive oil and place the fish fillets and potato slices in the dish, coat them with the olive oil. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  5. Spread the tomato and onion mixture over the fish fillets and place the potato slices alongside the fish. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the oven for about 20 - 25 minutes (Please check the recommended cooking time for the fish of your choice on the packaging).
  6. Once cooked, take the foil out and sprinkle chopped parsley and red pepper flakes over the fish. Serve immediately with wedges of lemon by the side.
  7. Afiyet Olsun.
Notes
Please check the recommended cooking time for the fish of your choice on the packaging.
 

 

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