Bazlama – Turkish Flatbread

bazlama - turkish flatbread

Bazlama – Turkish Flatbread is one of those dishes that has appeared and become quite popular in the past few years. This recipe takes a twist on the traditional and isn’t baked, but rather cooked in a frying pan. In Turkey, it’s known as ‘village bread’ and is called Bazlama and though I wasn’t lucky enough to try this whilst there, Turkish flatbread is well known for good reason because once I made these they have now featured in my kitchen countless times because of how great this recipe is.

Despite best efforts to find the origin of this, I came up empty, but regardless this is a recipe you’ll find a way to make time and again. These are best eaten within a day or two and can be made ahead, frozen and reheated swiftly to serve a crowd. In fact you might want to double this and freeze half the batch because they serve great as a flatbread, a small pizza base or as a homemade wrap base.

turkish flatbread

We have been having weekly ‘family’ dinners with a bunch of friends and these are one of those easy recipes to double and serve with a bunch of fillings that will satisfy a crowd and thankfully these don’t require too much time once you have them all rolled out, though you could even get the help of guests to do this whilst you cook them up.

These are great for a lazy day lunch or a quick weeknight meal if you have made ahead, tag roamingtaste on Instagram for your toppings as these have endless possibilities.

Bazlama – Turkish Flatbread Notes

We top ours with a mix of Greek yogurt, sumac, a little lemon juice and finely chopped mint. Following this, you can add minced beef with a little more sumac, really any fresh topping such as sliced fresh tomatoes, squeaky golden haloumi, fresh cucumber, olives, and/or sliced roasted peppers will all taste good here.

These freeze well for up to 3 months, you’ll want to let them defrost fully and then they would be best served by reheating in a skillet or frying pan.

Though a fluffy texture, these would also serve as a good small pizza base, though if you prefer a thin crispy base, you’ll have to roll the dough out thinner than you see in my images prior to cooking as these rise somewhat while cooking.

If you have have a hankering for a homemade schwarma (the Middle Eastern version of an open burrito), these are the perfect bread to wrap the filling up with and are great served with a side of fries. In fact, in Greece all schwarmas have fries included in the wrap…they know how to live!

Bazlama – Turkish Flatbread
Adapted from allrecipes
Makes 10 Flatbreads

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cup lukewarm water
1 small packet instant yeast
1 tablespoon superfine/caster sugar
3/4 cup thick Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon salt
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

Directions:
Place the lukewarm water, yeast and sugar in a bowl and allow to sit somewhere warm for 10 minutes until it is bubbling and foamy.

Add the yogurt, olive oil and salt and stir together.

Add the flour and combine until the dough comes together.

Turn onto a floured surface and knead until it is no longer sticky and springs back, this will take approximately 5 minutes.

Divide into 10 equal pieces and set aside with a clean damp towel to rest for 15 minutes.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out one of the pieces of dough into a circle and 1/8 inch thickness and pour a little olive oil into a frying pan, heating on medium.

Lay the flatbread dough into the frying pan and cook for 2 minutes or until golden, flip and cook the opposite side until also golden.

Remove and set aside on your serving plate.

Continue with the remaining flatbread dough portions.

Serve smeared with labneh or Greek yogurt mixed with some roasted garlic and scallions and a variety of toppings from minced beef or sliced tomato, cucumber and haloumi.

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Bazlama – Turkish Flatbread

  • Author: Sylvie
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 10 Flatbreads 1x
  • Category: Sides, Mains
  • Cuisine: Turkish

Description

Turkish flatbread are one of those dishes that aren’t considered home cooking material, but trust me, these come together pretty quick and can be eat like a giant taco with a filling of your preference.


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Ingredients

1 1/4 cup lukewarm water
1 small packet instant yeast
1 tablespoon superfine/caster sugar
3/4 cup thick Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon salt
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour


Instructions

  • Place the lukewarm water, yeast and sugar in a bowl and allow to sit somewhere warm for 10 minutes until it is bubbling and foamy.
  • Add the yogurt, olive oil and salt and stir together.
  • Add the flour and combine until the dough comes together.
  • Turn onto a floured surface and knead until it is no longer sticky and springs back, this will take approximately 5 minutes.
  • Divide into 10 equal pieces and set aside with a clean damp towel to rest for 15 minutes.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out one of the pieces of dough into a circle and 1/8 inch thickness and pour a little olive oil into a frying pan, heating on medium.
  • Lay the flatbread dough into the frying pan and cook for 2 minutes or until golden, flip and cook the opposite side until also golden.
  • Remove and set aside on your serving plate.
  • Continue with the remaining flatbread dough portions.
  • Serve smeared with labneh or Greek yogurt mixed with some roasted garlic and scallions and a variety of toppings from minced beef, sliced tomato, cucumber and haloumi.

Notes

Adapted from allrecipes

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