Pişi is a very simple Turkish, bread-like, fried dough snack. People in Turkey usually eat this for breakfast, but please, don't let that stop you from eating it whenever you want. =) Until recently, I had no idea that the official name of this dish was called 'Pişi'. My mother and the rest of my family call it simply fried dough (hamur kizartma'si). But pişi sounds more fun, so pişi it is!
Pişi is usually eaten plain, without filling. Plain pişi is my favourite. But pişi with a Turkish cheese or jam filling tastes great too! The ones I made this time are the plain ones and a few with a filling of Turkish white cheese and parsley mixture.
This recipe makes about one medium bowl of pişis - like you see in the pictures.
What you need:
- 3.5 cups of bread or all purpose flour
- 0.5 tbsp of salt
- 2 tsp of sugar
- 1 package of dry insant yeast (7 grams)
- 350 ml (slightly less than 1.5 cup) of water
Combine all the ingredients for your dough in a bowl and kneed for about 10 minutes. Pişi dough is more moist and soft than regular bread dough. So your dough may look like it needs more flour at first, but after kneeding for about 5-10 minutes, it will turn out fine. So hold yourself from adding any flour. Your dough is ready when it doesn't stick to your bowl any more and you can form a smooth ball. The dough will stay very soft. When you have reached this stage, cover your bowl and let your dough rise for at least 2 hours.
While your dough is rising, prepare your filling. I used a Turkish white cheese/feta with parsley filling but you can use whatever filling you want. Jam? Sucuk? Just use your fantasy. :)
When your dough has risen, we can go on with making the pişis.
Oil your surface and form little balls out of your dough. I don't use flour as it dries out te dough. We want our dough to stay moist and soft!
Use a roller pin and roll out your dough balls. Don't make them too thick, a few millimeters is enough as the dough will rise a lot when frying them. Fill them with your filling of choise, fold them and fry them in a frying pan untill both sides are golden brown. The pisis without filling can be slight thicker of course.
(sorry for the bad picture, the lighting in my kitchen is terrible!)
After your pisis are ready, let them drain on a kitchen towel for a minute or so. Serve your pisis with Turkish black tea and enjoy!