Saturday, 2 February 2013

Turkish Food Focus - Treats Of The Local Bakery




Most people who visit Turkey fall in love with Turkish bread right from that very first moment when it passes their lips. When fresh, the standard Turkish loaf should be crisp on the outside and soft and light in the centre. Upon sitting down to a meal, the diner insists to themselves, "Only a couple of slices of bread. Mustn't eat too much bread." And then they go ahead, tuck in, and before they know it, they've emptied the basket. That's how good Turkish bread is...when it's fresh. 
Baking Turkish Bread
The Turkish bakery bread oven
And the best place to by your bread, fresh from the oven, is from the local bakery - and there's no shortage of those in Turkey! But local bakeries also have other treats on offer if you can get there earlier enough, and if we're going out for the day, rather than spend time making up sandwiches at home, we like to go to our local bakery and stock up on goodies to take with us. It's no more expensive than making up your own picnic.

Last year, we posted about our day trip to Letoon and Xanthos and this was one of those days where we were up bright and early and straight to the bakery before heading to the dolmuş station. We know if we catch our bakery at the right time, they sometimes have a tray of freshly baked börek which you can buy by the slice. There were two slices left when we got there. 
Turkish Food - Börek & Pickles
The bakery picnic at Letoon
We knew exactly where we were going to eat lunch. There's something special about sitting on the steps of an ancient Roman theatre - especially when you're the only two people there - watching over the village of Kumluova and eating lunch. The archaeological site of Letoon was to be the setting for our food stop.

We'd packed a tub of turşu (Turkish pickled vegetables and fruits) at home - no Turkish meal is complete without turşu. The börek was loosely coiled, similar to the one in our cheese and spinach börek recipe and each coil was filled with minced meat and soft onion. 

Lunch At Letoon
Lunch at the theatre
Afterwards, we shared a sesame-seed-coated bread which had been slightly hollowed out and filled with kaşar cheese before being placed back in the oven to melt the filling. The dough was very similar to simit bread and was another treat from our local bakery. Total cost for two meat-filled slices of börek and a very filling cheesy bread: 6 TL between us. Perfect.

We never get our tastebuds ready for the treats of our local bakery purely because we never know what we're going to get. Sometimes, it's nothing! All they have available is bread in various guises and simit. But other times, you might bet börek filled with cheese or yeşillik (fresh green leaves and herbs), cheese breads like the one above, sometimes there's lengths of closed pide filled with spicy meats, and sometimes there's even little home made cakes and biscuits. We just don't know. What we do know is, it's always cheap and, most importantly, it's always filling and gloriously tasty!

Our local bakery is in Fethiye on Mustafa Kemal Bulvarı, close to the Kilim Apart Otel.

Do you have a local bakery in Turkey that does extra treats? Go on, tempt us. 

10 comments:

how wonderful i sort of like the idea of not knowing what you will find when you get there!

. . people after my own heart - whenever J and I wander we invariably choose to eat the simple every day foods, sometimes a lokanta, often stuff bought and packed into a lunch sack. Leaves us free to choose when and where and the stuff is so delicious.

I'm now about to hop on a plane and come straight back to Turkey! You've reminded me how much I'm missing the boreks, the breads and everything else! I miss the delicious simplicity of turkish food.

Nothing beats sitting in the sunshine with a slice of warm börek and an ice cold ayran

The sesame seed coated bread with melted cheese looks amazing. Sure wish you could email me some! :-)

@ Jaz: Yeah, all good fun - although we have come out empty handed on occasion. :)

@ Alan: Yeah, never a chore worrying about what to eat on a day out in Turkey. :)

@ Jenny: Sorry for making you miss Turkey. We do love our bakery though. :)

@ Backtobodrum: Mmmmmm, looking forward to some sunshine and some ayran to go with it. :)

@ April: The electro world is very clever but doesn't allow us to email Turkish goodies to the US unfortunately. :)

I never had Turkish bread before moving to Australia, but they LOVE it here. :-) I've only had the store-bought kind, but it was splendid toasted. :-)

Do you have bakeries in Turkey where they make lahmajoun (sp) for you if you bring the prepared meat with you?

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