Good Friday, better without meat, the best Turkish bread

Today is Good Friday, one of the most sacred days in the Christian calendar, the commemoration of the crucifixion of Jesus. There is the old tradition to fast seven weeks until Easter. In our family we do not fast but everyone goes without one thing for seven weeks. I for example went without sweets! With the exception, that I allowed myself to eat cake, ice cream and cookies, otherwise I could not have tried my recipes in April, what would have been a shame 😉 But no chocolate for me, so I am looking forward to Easter! 🙂 Good Friday is the end of the Lent, so traditionally you do not eat meat. In earlier times meat was an expensive meal, only for special occasions, so that on Good Friday, a day of mourning, meat is traditionally not served. Instead many people eat fish, what is also a symbol for Christianity. I am not a big fan of fish, so today we make, totally meatless, Turkish bread!

P.s. If you are not Christian just skip my rambling about Good Friday and enjoy the great Turkish bread!!! 😉

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Here is what you need:Turkish bread 010

450 g of flour
1 teaspoon of salt
½ cube of yeast
1 tablespoon of durum wheat semolina
1 egg
½ teaspoon of sugar
Olive oil
Sesame, black cumin, grains of salt
300 ml of water

Put the flour into a mixing bowl. Solve the yeast in 300 ml of lukewarm water and add it to the flour. Knead the dough. Knead for about 5 minutes until the dough does not stick to your hands anymore. Then prove the dough for about 30 minutes.
Knead the dough again. Strew the work surface with flour and semolina and form a round flat dough-cake with about 25 cm in diameter. Now put the dough-cake on a baking tray with baking parchment and prove it for 10 more minutes. Now oil your fingertips with olive oil and press a rhombic pattern on it. Mix the egg with the sugar and 1 tablespoon of olive oil and smear the mix on the dough-cake. Now strew it with sesame and black cumin and add some grains of salt to it. Put it in the oven (200-220 °C, ca 10-12 minutes). Put an ovenproof bowl with it in the oven and after 5-6 minutes add ¼ cup of water to the bowl.


450 g Mehl
1 TL Salz
½ Würfel Hefe
1 EL Grieß
1 Ei
½ TL Zucker
Sesam, Schwarzkümmel, Salzkörner
300 ml Wasser

Fülle das Mehl in eine Rührschüssel. Löse die Hefe in dem lauwarmen Wasser auf und gieße es zum Mehl. Knete den Teig gut durch. Knete ungefähr 5 Minuten bis der Teig nicht mehr and den Händen klebt. Dann lass den Teig für ca. 30 Minuten gehen.
Knete den Teig nochmal durch. Streue die Arbeitsfläche mit Mehl und Grieß ein und forme einen runden Fladen mit etwa 25 cm Durchmesser. Nun lege den Fladen auf ein Blech mit Backpapier und lasse ihn nochmal für 10 Minuten gehen. Öle deine Fingerspitzen und drücke mit den Fingern ein Rautenmuster auf den Fladen. Verquirle das Ei mit 1 EL Olivenöl und dem Zucker und bestreiche das Fladenbrot damit. Bestreue es mit Sesam, Schwarzkümmel und ein paar wenigen Salzkörnern. Schiebe das Blech in den Ofen (200-220°C, ca. 10-12 Minuten). Schiebe eine ofenfeste Schale mit in den Ofen und gebe nach 5-6 Minuten ¼ Tasse Wasser in die Schüssel.

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The original recipe you find here! It is a recipe for two Turkish breads!

Why is the day Christ was crucified called Good Friday? Sounds a bit strange, right? For example, in Germany it is called “Karfreitag”, which is derived from the old German word “kara” which means lamentation. This website explains that it is called Good Friday in English because Jesus died on the cross because of his love for mankind. Good in this sense means holy. So this makes sense!


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