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
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