Turkish Food – Bazlama Bread

Bazlama – otherwise known as ‘village bread’ – is a type of Turkish bread that we have developed a huge fondness for of late.

Turkish Food - Bazlama Bread

Bazlama – Turkish village bread

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!

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  1. You know what? At least you won’t get food poisoning from that bread. Great treat. I am a gözleme fan. The most interesting I ever had was on the Black Sea coast, filled with poppy seeds. Thanks for your comment.

  2. You’re welcome. The Black Sea coast is somewhere where we would love to do a huge tour, Inka. We’ve read so much about the different cuisine up there and we’re itching to try it.

  3. I was eating bazlama every morning when i was in Turkey. Then i stopped it since i released i am getting fat.

  4. Someone else said that on the Facebook page, Kuday. Hmm. Maybe that’s where the diet is going wrong. But can we give up bazlama? Don’t think so! 🙂

  5. i love bazlama , and we ve to go to east of black sea cost:)) the food is amazing;)

  6. Okay, East sounds good! 🙂 Bazlama çok güzel değil mi?

  7. Bazlama – I haven’t seen it in Istanbul. Is it like the round Ramazan pide? Now that I know about it, I will look – and ask.

  8. It’s a different texture to the Ramamzan pide bread. More dense. It’s difficult to describe it really. Great cut up and toasted for eating with meze, too.

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