Did you Know? and a Photo of the Day

Did you know that in Turkey, you can go to the local bakery (bread baker, not the pastry maker) and buy a ball of dough?  Then you can use it for your own yummy creations.  Yesterday I made strombolis!

Homemade Strombolis

Obviously, I am no expert.  But they sure were yummy!  I sauteed red peppers, onions, and mushrooms, added ground beef, tomato paste, herbs, garlic, and of course – cheeses!

My favorite spot charges the same price for the dough as a fully baked loaf, 0.70TL (about 40¢.)  For these, I actually used the thinner, smaller loave.  They are a bit more dense, like French bread.  I used 2 for each boli.  But I think I would only use one ball of dough if I tried it with the regular loaf (which I consider more Italian style bread.)

You may also be able to buy dough at the Pide/Lamacun restaurants.  It’s worth a try.  I know people that make their own Lamacun topping and then take it to the restaurant to bake it!

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  1. . . one of the things I love about this country is that people always try to accomodate you. ‘This is Turkey, everything is possible!’ is a common phrase around here.

  2. I so envy you for this :)! I miss getting the dough from the bakery!! Another thing we used to do when I was a child in Antakya was to take our lahmacun topping to the bakery and they would bake it for us, so yummy:) enjoy the dough – and the bread!

    1. I have to say Ozlem, the bakery was one of the biggest things I looked forward to when I moved to Ankara. I just loved the concept of buying fresh bread for pennies every day. Sounded almost romantic. Still does.

    1. Hello and thanks for reading the post! I guess because the photo is small, it could look like a cig borek. But no, it’s not. I made it, so I am sure of it! It is what we call a stromboli. It is like a pizza that is closed in. i believe there is a pide made like that too!

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