Thursday, February 10, 2011


2 Large Pides


1 tablespoon of active dry yeast
1 cup of warm milk
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
1 egg
3 tablespoon of olive oil
3 cups of plain / all purpose flour 

               Make sure the milk is really warm.
               Put the milk in a medium size bowl.
               Dissolve the yeast in the milk.
               Add the egg, sugar, salt and oil.
               Mix everything well and add the flour.
               Kneed a nice, smooth dough.
               Clean the bowl and spray some oil and place the dough into the bowl.
               Cover the bowl with a tea towel.
               Let it stand for 30 mins. I've actually preheat the oven at 100C and put the bowl into the oven and let it stand 30 mins but it's up to you room temperature should be alright as well.
While the dough is getting ready you will have time to prepare a topping or several toppings for your pides.
This was my first time and I've just made one type of topping and it was really yummy so I'll share that one with you but I've other ideas about the pide toppings so when I make them I will share them with you as well(of course:)).

Mince and Cheese Topping for the Pides


250 - 300 gr of mince
2 brown onions (chopped)
3 - 4 cloves of garlic (minced/ chopped)
3 tablespoon of olive oil
1/2 teaspoon of cumin ( I didn't have cumin at home and I've obviously forgot when I was shopping so          I've used allspice instead. It give them a really different taste and smell and was a good experience. The original recipe is with cumin but if you wanna try new things you may wanna try allspice as well.) 
1 teaspoon of salt
1/4 tablespoon of black pepper
1/2 cup of curly parsley (chopped)
1/4 cup of fresh mint (chopped)
2 tablespoon of lemon juice
3 - 4 tomatoes (cubed)
2 cups of mozarella cheese
1 egg

               Warm up the olive oil in a large pan.
               Add the chopped onions and garlic.
               Brown them.
               Add the mince.
               Cook them together for 10 mins, maybe less until the mince cooked.
               While you're cooking the meat mixture add the salt, pepper and the cumin.
               Place the cooked mince in a bowl and let it cool a bit.
               Add the lemon juice, chopped mint and parsley to the meat mixture.
Preheat the oven at 200C.

Finishing up...
               Once the dough is rested, it should double its previous size. Take out the dough to the floured surface, cut into two pieces. This way you will have two large Pides. 
               Make round balls, set one aside and work with another one. Using a rolling pin, roll an 18 inch, thin oval. 
               Transfer the oval dough on the baking sheet and pat the dough with just a little bit of starch. This will prevent the dough from getting soaked with the moisture of the filling. 
               Evenly spread half of the meat topping on top of the dough. 
               Place half of the cubed tomatoes on top of the meat topping and sprinkle half of the shredded mozzarella cheese on top.
               Fold the sides of the Pide, creating a boat-like shape.
               Beat one egg with a fork. Using a pastry brush, brush the sides of the Pide with the beaten egg. 
               Place Pide in the oven and bake for about 25 minutes OR until golden brown.