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Turkish bread (pide)

TimTamGirl | Mar 30, 2015 06:06 AM

Is there anywhere in the area that makes Turkish bread, a.k.a. pide? I don't mean Turkish pizza (which also goes by 'pide'), but the plain bread. The only version of it that I've found locally was a bagged-and-frozen version that comes from Montreal and is called Armenian bread, but I can't find a good, fresh, locally-made version under either name.

I'm most familiar with it as an oblong loaf that has lots of indentations in the top and nigella and sesame seeds scattered on top. The outside can be slightly crunchy/crusty in spots but is more chewy overall, and the inside is light and airy, with lots of big air holes like an English muffin has. While it's often described as a flat bread, the freshly-baked loaves I've seen are all thicker than that - maybe two inches high at the highest point. Bagged versions tend to be flatter, but I much prefer the thicker, airier type and that's really what I'm looking for. I attached a photo of the outside, but couldn't find a good photo of the inside of a thicker version. If it helps to clarify anything, here's a good description and recipe: http://ianloic.com/2012/08/12/turkish...

In Australia, most good kebab shops bake their own bread and make their own dips (hummus, tabouleh, jajik/tzatiki, etc.), and Turkish bread and dips is a standard picnic/party food. It's also used as sandwich bread in lots of cafes, and it makes the best toast I've ever eaten. I miss it a lot and would love to be able to have it here, but so far no luck. Does anyone have any ideas?

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