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Baba Ghanoush and Pide Ekmeği 10/28/2010

No, no, I’m not going to write in Turkish, I only kept the fancy names of what I’m about to write.

I should have written this post yesterday but, due to weather conditions, my internet connection was on and off and I just gave up after a while.

Last couple of days, I’ve been baking every day, not that my neighbors are complaining 😛 . Sometimes I get this baking mood and I bake everyday something else. I’d bake from dawn till sunset if it is up to me 😛 , on the other hand there are days when I have to make bread and just don’t feel like doing it 😦 . I wonder if I’m the only one that feels like this.


The other day I made some Yumuşacık Poğaça, still Turkish he he



The recipe for this lovely breads you can find it on Zerrin‘s website, I’m sure that most of you know her, and those who don’t, pay her a visit, you’ll thank or hate me later LOL

I also made some cinnabons  (I’ll post the recipe tomorrow)


Yesterday, I made Baba Ghanoush and Pide Ekmeği that stands for eggplant dip and Turkish flat bread


Baba Ghanoush (there are a lots of versions of this eggplant dip, this one is my favorite)



2-3 eggplants (little over 2 pounds)

juice of 1 lemon

2-3 tbsp tahini paste

2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

handful of parsley

few garlic cloves

pinch of cayenne





Pierce the eggplants several times with a fork.


Turn the broiler on and roast the eggplants until very soft and wrinkled.


When cooled, carefully peel the skin away.


In a food processor, combine the eggplants, lemon juice, olive oil, tahini paste, garlic, parsley, cayenne pepper, salt and puree them.


Serve with flat bread



Pide Ekmeği – I’ve tried different combinations for this recipe and this time I substituted the water with mineral water, and, oh boy, this is the one I kept looking for, the perfect bread to be dipped in good olive oil and nothing else



4 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp dry yeast (little over 1 sachet dry yeast)

1/4 cup lukewarm water

1/4 cup olive oil

3 tbsp yogurt

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp sugar

mineral water (about 1 cup)

1 egg for brushing

nigella or sesame seeds, to sprinkle



Cream the yeast and sugar in the lukewarm water. Leave 5 minutes.



Pour the mixture over sifted flour. Add olive oil, yogurt and salt.


Start mixing adding mineral water until the dough is very soft and moist.



Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover and let it raise until double.


Divide the dough in two balls


Roll them out (about 1/2 inch thick) and put them on baking trays


Turn the oven on to 450F. While the oven is heating,  indent the surface of the breads with your fingers and brush them with egg and sprinkle with nigella or sesame seeds.


Bake them for 10-12 minutes until puffed and golden.



Thanks for reading, hope I didn’t bother you too much.


14 Responses to “Baba Ghanoush and Pide Ekmeği”

  1. Pachecopatty Says:

    No bother- just a pleasure to check out your recipes and photos- very impressive, I love eggplant prepared like this and your flatbread is making me hungry, it looks just perfect:)

  2. This looks so delicious! You have so many yummy recipes. I am happy you passed by my blog. Thank you for your sweet words about our little cousin. 🙂
    Have a wonderful weekend-

  3. Wow, In love all that you made! And I too feel that way. Sometimes I bake then I switch it up to breads and so on. Depends on my moods and cravings. Love the cinnabuns (=

  4. roxan Says:

    Ooo this looks so good. I love fresh baked bread and baba ghanoush!

  5. The Mom Chef Says:

    Oh you make me want to be back home. We call it Mutabel, but it’s the same eggplant dip. I miss it so much. Yum!

  6. Says:

    excellent recipe! nice job! 😀

  7. Yesim Says:

    hey it looks really perfect, especially i fell in love with pide:)
    i m happy to see u enjoy with turkish recipes..;)

  8. Dimah Says:

    That looks unbelievably delicious! I love your pictures, Thank you so much for the great recipe!

  9. norma Says:


  10. this looks so beautiful… thank you for sharing this with us. have a nice weekend.

  11. fooddreamer Says:

    I adore baba ghanoush and your post makes me wonder why the heck I have never made it before. Saving as a bookmark, I will make this very soon. The little buns and the cinnamon rolls look delicious too!

  12. Pearl Says:

    that sounds tasty. Both of them actually. Maybe the eggplant in the freezer finally has a destiny.

  13. Sherry Says:

    I love this type of cuisine! It’s my favorite. Both dishes look wonderful. I made baba ghanoush once before, but it didn’t go so well. I should try this recipe!

  14. Sharon Says:

    These flatbreads look really good, can’t wait to give them a try!
    I just made some pita breads yesterday..check them out on my site if you have time!

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