Trabzon Pidesi: The Authentic Black Sea Bread Delight

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  • Serving: 4
  • Prep time: 25 m
  • Cook time: 20 m
  • Ready in: 2::0 h
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Hailing from the picturesque region of Trabzon in the Black Sea, Trabzon Pidesi stands out as a unique bread variant in the vast Turkish culinary landscape. Its slightly chewy texture and unique oval shape, crowned with sesame and nigella seeds, make it a must-try for bread enthusiasts. Whether you’re pairing it with a steaming cup of tea or using it to soak up rich Turkish stews, this pide will take your taste buds on a journey to the Black Sea coast.


Yield: The recipe uses 500g of flour and is divided into 4 parts, which means it produces 4 individual Trabzon Pidesi breads.

Number of Servings: This will make 4 servings, as each person would typically have one pide.

Preparation Time:

  • Yeast Activation: 10 minutes (for it to become frothy).
  • Sifting flour and mixing ingredients: 5 minutes.
  • Kneading: 10 minutes.

Total Preparation Time: Approximately 25 minutes.

Rising Time: 1 to 1.5 hours (This is not active cooking or prep time, but time you’ll need to account for in the process).

Cooking Time: Baking: 15-20 minutes.

Total Cooking Time: Approximately 15-20 minutes.

Total Time from Start to Finish: Without counting the rising time, the active preparation and cooking time is approximately 40-45 minutes. Including the rising time, the entire process will take about 1 hour 40 minutes to 2 hours 5 minutes.


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  • Instructions

    1-Yeast Activation: In a small bowl, mix the warm water, sugar, and dry yeast. Let it sit for about 10 minutes or until it becomes frothy.

  • 2-Dough Preparation: In a large mixing bowl, sift the flour and make a well in the center. Pour the yeast mixture and olive oil into the well. Gradually mix the ingredients until a dough begins to form.

  • 3-Kneading: Place the dough on a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes, or until it's smooth and elastic.

  • 4-First Rise: Form the dough into a ball, place it back in the mixing bowl, and cover with a damp cloth. Allow it to rise in a warm place for 1-1.5 hours or until it has doubled in size.

  • 5-Shaping: Preheat your oven to 200°C (390°F). Punch down the dough to release any air bubbles. Divide it into 4 equal parts. Using your hands, shape each part into an oval, slightly flat shape, resembling a boat.

  • 6-Topping: Brush the surface of each pide with water. Sprinkle sesame and nigella seeds on top, pressing them lightly into the dough.

  • 7-Baking: Place the pides on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until they are golden brown.

  • 8-Serve: Serve the Trabzon Pidesi warm with your favorite Turkish dishes or simply with some butter and honey.

  • Conclusion

    Trabzon Pidesi encapsulates the essence of the Black Sea region in every bite. Its rich flavor and unique texture make it more than just bread; it's a taste of Turkish tradition. Whether you're familiar with Turkish cuisine or a newcomer, this pide will surely become a staple in your baking repertoire.

Smart Tips

  • Flour Options: While all-purpose flour is commonly used, you can experiment with a mix of whole wheat and all-purpose for a denser texture.

  • Consistency: Ensure the dough is neither too sticky nor too dry. Adjust with flour or water, as needed.

  • Freshness: Trabzon Pidesi tastes best when consumed fresh. If you need to store it, wrap it in a cloth to keep it soft.

  • Pairing: This pide pairs exceptionally well with Turkish white cheese (beyaz peynir) and olives.

  • Customization: For a twist, consider adding some dried herbs like rosemary or thyme into the dough for added flavor.

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