This time last year we took a family trip to New Zealand to visit friends and attended 2 beautiful weddings. Both were in the north island by the ocean and were truly sensational, stunning and memorable in every way. One of the weddings was our kiwi friend marrying her Turkish “delight”. The uniting of this gorgeous couple from different sides of the world was just so special. She carefully read her vows to him in her finest Turkish, and his to her in English. It was an elegant wedding ceremony and one fantastically brilliant party of a wedding reception. With the brides DJ brother on the decks, we danced the night away to cool tunes from all over the world, including some fancy footwork of a traditional Turkish dance-off. We hope to one day soon make it to Turkey, I know from family and friends who go there that it’s so alluring, diverse and simply wonderful. In honour of Mr & Mrs A on your first wedding anniversary, I hope I’ve done this Pide recipe justice x
Prep time: approx. 45 min. Resting time for dough: approx. 1hr, 15min. cooking time: about 40 min
Kitchen stuff needed: Sharp knife, chopping board, 2 x baking trays (1 will do if that’s all you have), baking paper, 3 x mixing bowls, a blender, large frypan, rolling pin.
Ingredients from the garden:
20 x mint leaves
2 x silver beet stalk (or use big handful of spinach instead)
1 x red pepper/capsicum
1 x lemon
7 gr active dry yeast
1 tspn sugar
1/4 + 3/4 cup warm water
2 & 1/4 cup flour
1 tspn salt
2 tbspn olive oil + 1 tsp olive oil
500gm lamb mince
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup tasty cheese
2 tbspn olive oil
1 small onion, sliced
1-2 garlic clove, chopped
1/2 cup of water
Let’s do it:
1. Turn on oven to the max temp of 250 degrees (500F)
2. Topping Preparation: Put red capsicum/pepper in oven whole for 20 min or until starting to blacken. Remove and put into plastic bag, tie up and allow the pepper to sweat the skin off for about 5 min.
3. Sauté the onion with olive oil until it is softened, add garlic.
4. Deseed and deskin pepper and pop in the blender and pulse for about 30 second. Then add to onions and add ½ a cup of water. Let sauce simmer gently while you make the dough. (no more than 15 min, add some more water if you need to)
5. Dough Preparation: In a small bowl, mix the yeast, sugar and 1/4 cup warm water. Stir well so the yeast dissolves. Let it rest for 15 minutes.
6. In a large bowl, sift the flour and salt. Add in the bubbly yeast mixture and 3/4cup warm water and olive oil. Mix and place the dough on the lightly floured counter. Knead well for about 10 minutes until it becomes smooth (no more crumbles). Then spread 1 tsp of olive oil inside a clean bowl. Place the dough in it and turn it upside down to spread olive oil all the surface. Then cover it with a clean, damp towel. Put aside for about an hour at room temperature until the dough rises to double its size.
7. Meanwhile, place lamb mince in a bowl and add chopped mint and a clove of garlic and get your hands in there and squish so all combined. Pop in fridge.
8. Place the dough on the lightly floured counter. Press all over with your hands to get rid of any air bubbles. Cut the dough in 4 pieces with a knife. Knead and give a ball shape to each, cover with a damp towel, and put aside for about 15 minutes.
9. Take out a dough ball and flatten with your floured hands and then use a roller give a long oval shape each one.
10. Gather together red pepper sauce, lamb mince, chopped silver beet, and your cheeses.
11. Put baking paper down on your baking tray and assemble the pides directly there (much easier than trying to transfer, trust me, I ended up with upside down pide first time round!)Spread pepper sauce; crumble raw mince, feta, silver beet and cheese on the each dough. Fold the long sides towards the inside, and then twist the ends to give a boat shape.
12.Place the tray on the middle rack and bake for about 15 minutes. Immediately brush butter or olive oil on the edges. P.S: We had two baking trays going at once. Ensures faster Pides to stomach!
Although the prep time was definitely longer, the reward absolutely outweighs the effort of this sumptuous fresh homemade Turkish pide. Serve with a wedge of lemon and few fresh mint leaves.
Enjoy with an ice-cold Efes (Turkish beer, ask your speciality beer man to sort you out!)
Soundtrack for some Turkish delight: Lambaya Puf De by Baris Marco
Also special mention to www.turkishcookbook.com/ blog for the dough recipe and inspiration.