A little ray of sunshine

We usually save this for sunny weekend barbecues in the summer but I have a hankering for it today because I really need some sunshine to blow away the snow! Inspired by the yummy Turkish Pide that we munched every day on holiday one year. It makes for a cracking light bite to wash down with a cold beer in front of the telly, as a side dish or serve with a big salad for a great dinner (one bread will feed two).


For the base:

500g Strong white flour
1 x 7g Sachet dried fast action yeast
1/2 tbsp Salt
1/2 tbsp Sugar
2 tbsp Olive oil
175ml Warm water
150ml Milk

Mix all of the ingredients together and knead well. Put into a warm and cozy place to prove for 1 hour. Divide the dough into quarters, you only need two of these quarters so you might want to shape the spare two into one loaf and allow to rise before baking later. With the two dough portions you are keeping roll them out into ovals, as thin as you can. (3mm is good, just a bit thinner than a pizza base is the aim.) Put onto floured baking trays and bake at Gas 5/190’c for 8-10 minutes. The bread should be bubbling and starting to turn golden. Take it out of the oven and allow to rest for ten minutes. Turn the oven up to Gas 8/230’c.

For the topping:

2 Green chillies
2 Red chillies
8 Spring onions
2-3 Sprigs of thyme
200g Halloumi cheese
1 tbsp Olive oil
1 Lemon
A handful of fresh coriander

Deseed and finely chop the chillies, finely chop the spring onions and Halloumi too. pick the leaves off the thyme sprigs and roughly chop the coriander. In a wok or frying pan heat the oil. Lightly fry the chillies for 1-2 minutes, add in the spring onions and soften. Throw in the Halloumi and the thyme and cook for a further 2 minutes. Cut the lemon into wedges and squeeze in the juice of half. Remove from the pan and spread a thin layer on to each of your part baked breads. Put the breads back into the oven and bake for 5-10 minutes until crisp and brown around the edges. Sprinkle with the fresh coriander and serve cut into pieces with lemon wedges.


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