Turkish Ramadan Pide


Ramadan(or Ramazan as they say in Turkey)Pide can generally only be found during the holy month. Queues outside of bakeries near sunset to grab the hot and fresh pide breads straight from the oven in preparation for Iftar time when the fast is broken at sunset.

We have a lot of delicious Turkish restaurants here in Riyadh and most of them give you a big bag of free pide every time you order and I just love it. It is so soft and warm. Here is a picture of the pide from the restaurant by our house that we often eat at. They do not add a glaze on top and they also use the traditional wood burning oven to cook the bread in.


2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 warm water
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon yeast
2 teaspoons salt
Olive oil

1 egg yolk
1/2 tablespoon milk
1/4 teaspoon sesame seeds
1/4 teaspoon black sesame seeds

1. In a small bowl add yeast, sugar and warm water. Allow to sit for 5 minutes until frothy.

2. In a large mixing bowl add flour, yeast mixture and salt, stir. Add milk a small amount at a time until a dough like consistency has formed. Add about 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil into your hand and work into the dough. Knead for about 5 minutes. Add another small amount of olive oil into hand and coat just the outside of the dough, place back into bowl and cover then sit in a warm place for 1-1/2 hours.

3. In a non-stick or lightly greased baking pan (I used a non-stick 9 inch baking round) press dough into pan with finger. With fingers and a butter knife decorate the top of the dough. In a small bowl add egg yolk and milk, mix and carefully brush on top of the dough and sprinkle with seeds.

4. Cover and allow to rise another hour. Preheat oven to 450F and place pan on a baking sheet into oven. Allow to cook for 15-18 minutes and bread is cooked and top is golden.

Yields: 1 loaf

8 Responses to Turkish Ramadan Pide

  • ThisGirlBlogs says:

    Not a good idea to be looking at this when I’ve still got 11 hours of my fast to go but just wow! It looks delicious! I’m always interested in trying foods from other cultures – chinese being one that ends up on my plates a lot! – but I have barely tried any kinds of turkish food. Looks like I’m missing out!

    • Noor says:

      I know I try to stay away from anything food related during the day lol. Turkish is really good food kind of a mix of Arabic and Greek.

  • sparklydatepalm says:

    I used to eat so much of this bread at Istanbul Flowers in Dubai, it is so more-ish. Am now craving it and may have to add “find a good Turkish restaurant” to my list of things to find / do in my last few weeks in London.

    • Noor says:

      We’re going to Dubai for Eid all though we have been before we have never stayed this long so you will have to tell me some must go to places to eat and explore inshAllah. Oh I love good Turkish food they have a small place by out house it is so cheap and the food is out of this world. I always get this kudu wrap with fries and banana honey milk.

  • Kathy says:

    Dear sparklydatepalm,
    There is an amazingly good Turkish restaurant in Southbank right next to the Globe theatre! The food and pies they serve as well as the meze and their pide is yummy beyond belief!!!! I cannot remember its name but it is on the side street of the Globe, you cannot miss it from the main entrance of the Globe.
    Noor, I enjoy your recipes a lot, keep going, you are doing an excellent job!!!!
    Ramadan Kareem to all.

  • Kathy says:

    Noor dear, I am sorry for my second message; I should have included this in my first one but forgot… You must visit Dubail old city and have lunch there in one of the Persian restaurants! Enjoy Dubai xx

    • Noor says:

      That is funny that you mentioned it bc all my husband has been talking about is Persian food. We used to eat at the best Persian place called Moby Dick back in DC and the Persian food here is not Persian at all.

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