Bazlama – otherwise known as ‘village bread’ – is a type of Turkish bread that we have developed a huge fondness for of late.
As you can see in the photo, Bazlama is a large, round, flat bread and it’s our weekend treat. If you’re familiar with the gözleme stands at Turkish markets, you may have noticed that they also sell this bread – although, for some reason, it’s assumed that tourists won’t want to try it and the business owners only advertise ‘pancakes’ (gözleme) on their menus. Ah well, this is Fethiye. It’s there for you to eat if you want it – a case of, if you don’t ask, you don’t get!
If you’ve never had this bread before, give it a try when you get the chance and let us know what you think. On the gözleme stands, you will see ready made bazlama piled up. When you order it, it’s sliced (quite expertly – it’s thin!) through the middle and filled with your chosen filling – cheese seems to be the favourite. It’s then heated up and served hot. You only need one between two people and that’s a pretty hefty lunch.
I did say this was becoming a bit of a weekend treat for us. Bazlama is now sold at our local supermarket (not by the local bakery unfortunately, but we can’t have everything, can we?) so we walk up to buy one between us. And what do we do with it? Well, taking inspiration from the gözleme ladies at Fethiye market, we add a filling and heat it up…in a toastie machine. Bazlama does a mean weekend toastie!