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.
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.
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.
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.