Turkish bread

Title: Turkish Bread


For the Dough:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For Topping (Optional):

  • Sesame seeds or nigella seeds


  1. Activate Yeast:
    • In a small bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water. Sprinkle the active dry yeast over the water and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes until the mixture becomes frothy.
  2. Prepare Dough:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the activated yeast mixture and olive oil. Mix until the dough comes together.
  3. Knead:
    • Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead for about 8-10 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. Alternatively, use a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment.
  4. First Rise:
    • Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover it with a kitchen towel, and let it rise in a warm place for 1-1.5 hours, or until it doubles in size.
  5. Preheat Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). If you have a pizza stone, place it in the oven to heat.
  6. Divide and Shape:
    • Punch down the risen dough and divide it into two equal portions. Shape each portion into a round or oval shape.
  7. Second Rise:
    • Place the shaped dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet or a preheated pizza stone. Cover it with a kitchen towel and let it rise for another 15-20 minutes.
  8. Score and Top (Optional):
    • If desired, score the top of the dough with a sharp knife or razor. Brush with water and sprinkle sesame seeds or nigella seeds.
  9. Bake:
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
  10. Cool:
    • Allow the Turkish bread to cool on a wire rack before slicing.

Time and Intensity:

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Rising Time: 1.5-2 hours
  • Baking Time: 20-25 minutes
  • Total Time: Approximately 2.5-3 hours
  • Intensity: Moderate

Note: This Turkish Bread recipe yields a soft and chewy bread with a golden crust. It’s versatile and can be enjoyed with various dips, spreads, or as a side to soups and stews. Feel free to experiment with different toppings or incorporate herbs and spices into the dough for additional flavor.

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