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Ramazan Pide Bread – A Special Treat For The Holy Month

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Turkish Ramazan Pide bread is nothing short of paradise to your taste buds!

Whenever friends come to see us, one of the first things they want to do is go to the nearest little bakery or market and buy some fresh bread.

It’s just so warm, crusty on the outside, hollow-sounding, soft-centred, light…the perfect bread.

We’re not being biased here. It’s that good!

And the special Ramazan pide bread eaten during the holy month is no different!

Bread & Turkish Culture

Bread is hugely important to Turkish culture. It is treated with respect.

Traditionally, it’s eaten with every meal and it should certainly never go to waste. This is seen as disrespectful as it is the staple of all foods.

If times are tough and food is short, there’s always bread!

So, the local bakery, with it’s huge stone oven (thankfully, for these two bread lovers), is still very much a part of the Turkish neighbourhood.

And, during Ramazan, these bakeries will be extra busy, baking the special Ramazan bread.

Turkish Bakery Bread
Ramazan pidesi on display at our local bakery

Ramazan Pide Bread

This type of pide bread is not to be confused with the delicious savoury pide you eat in restaurants around Turkey.

The pronunciation is the same (pee-deh) and they are both types of flat bread. But the Ramazan pidesi is an out and out loaf, slightly risen.

The baker will shape it into a round, he’ll criss cross it with patterns or press dimples into it with his fingers.

Then he’ll sprinkle the dough with sesame seeds and nigella seeds before sliding it into the abyss of the fırın (the stone oven) to bake.

Turkish Ramazan Pide Bread
The bread was almost sold out as we left the shop

During Ramazan in Fethiye, just before sunset, there will be a buzz around the local bakery.

The fırın will be packed with pide bread, the freshly baked rounds will be stacked high on the counters (no time to put them on display) and the queue will often snake through the shop, spilling onto the pavement outside.

Aroma Of freshly Baked Pide Bread

Imagine that aroma of all those freshly baked loaves wafting through the early evening air.

Some of those in the queue will have fasted throughout the daylight hours. Imagine how dreamlike that aroma must be for them!

Many of us in the queue – because we love the Ramazan pidesi, too – won’t have fasted.

But, everyone takes part in the eating of this special bread.

Ramazan Pidesi Bread
Large and small Ramazan pide breads are available

Just before sunset, as families prepare for Iftar (the breaking of the fast) local bakeries are almost unbearably hot; fans whirring, pide bread glowing in the oven, customers being served at breakneck speed.

Well, we’re all here for the same thing, aren’t we? It’s a conveyor belt. No time for small talk now.

Choose your loaf, get it wrapped in paper (you don’t want it to sweat because it’s still warm), pay your cash and leave the building. ‘Next please!’

The sunset waits for no one!

Baker At Work
The baker wears a vest – it’s hot work by the bread oven

These days, we live in a (dietary) world of, “I’m not eating bread. I’m not eating carbs. That’s the only way to lose weight.”

Ahh, well, this is Turkey. And in Turkey, we love our bread.

Really, why on earth are we going to deprive ourselves of that pure simple joy of walking back from the bakery at sunset, warm pide bread wrapped in paper, and sneaking a little chunk of it before reaching home?

It’s very rare a Ramazan Pidesi makes it back to the house completely intact!

Why Eat Ramazan Bread?

We’re not Muslim and, of course, we don’t do Iftar (the meal people eat after sundown during Ramazan).

So why do we take ourselves off to the local bakery to join the clamour for fresh pide bread?

Well, in Fethiye, Ramazan can kind of happen all around you without you really noticing.

Aside from our love of freshly baked bread, the special pide bread is just our little way of taking part and acknowledging that it is a special time.

Amongst other things, Ramazan is a time for sharing and the pide bread is shaped so that it’s easy to tear and share.

Even if there’s just the two of us, in our house, we love to tear and share the fresh pide bread dipped into Barry’s homemade jalfrezi!

Sometimes, we’ll even splash out and put a bit of garlic butter on it, too.

Beef Saute
Use stale Ramazan bread as a base for Turkish saute dishes

And leftovers don’t go to waste, of course. We use the rest as a special accompaniment to our Turkish beef saute recipe.

Just a quick tip:

Turkish bread is baked fresh, daily. It doesn’t have preservatives so it tends to go soft and chewy after just a few hours. If this happens to you and you don’t fancy toast instead, stick it in the oven on around 150 degrees for about 5 minutes and you’ll get that ‘just-baked’ texture back.

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Antonetta coban

Thursday 17th of May 2018

Yesterday we ate fresh and at breakfast as tostie with sucuk and cheese....a treat ! Enjoy thuis weeks as you can get them. ...

Turkey's For Life

Monday 21st of May 2018

Yeah, this Ramazan pidesi does make a great toastie. Afiyet olsun. We've been enjoying our bread in different ways. :)

Turkey's For Life

Friday 12th of July 2013

@ Franca: If you love bread so much then you really need to come to Turkey. The bread is just fab, here. :)

Turkey's For Life

Thursday 11th of August 2011

@ Anonymous: It's lovely! We eat it a lot because we always seem to have lots of potatoes and aubergines in the house when there's nothing else. :) We'll put it on here one day.

Anonymous

Thursday 11th of August 2011

i'd love to see the recipe for Barry's potato and aubergine jalfrezi. It might not be so Turkish but it sounds delicious!

Turkey's For Life

Thursday 11th of August 2011

@ Angela: Oh, we just love Italian bread too but you're right, Turkish bread is delicious, especially this pide bread. :)

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