Hi guys,

I have been pushing back this post for ages. I think we ate this a couple of month ago but I really didn’t feel like writing it. Well I knew this day would come and I regret not writing it earlier because it is tough to remember everything now :) Also because this month’s recipe redux theme is pizza!

Well I still hope you will enjoy this awesome turkish dish that everyone should eat at least once in his life. Click the more button to find out how to make your own Lahmacun!

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Here is what you are going to need for this awesome dish:

Basic dough:
230 ml warm water
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp dry yeast
1 tbsp + 1 tsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing
410 g strong white flour
3/4 tsp salt

Filling/ toppings:

300g lamb
1 medium tomato, finely chopped
1/2 green pepper, finely chopped
1/2 red pepper finely chopped
1 onion, minced
2 tbsp chopped parsley
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
Toasted pine nuts, feta, lemon, parsley sprigs and sliced radish to serve

I know it sounds like a lot of work and a lot of ingredients but you need to trust me on this: It is definitely worth all the trouble.

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Let’s get started with the dough!

1) In a small bowl, mix together the water, sugar, and yeast. Set aside for 10 minutes or until frothy.

2) Once frothy, add olive oil. In a large bowl, sift together the flour and salt. Create a well in the centre and add the yeast mixture. Use your hands to mix and bring the dough together.

3) Turn the dough out onto a clean surface and knead for 5 minutes until smooth and elastic.

4)Lightly grease the inside of a bowl with oil and let the dough rise inside, covered with a damp tea towel, for 45-60 minutes or until doubled in size.

5) Dust a work surface with flour and tip out the dough. Divide the portion into 3 equal balls. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough balls to a round circular shape approximately 3-4mm thick.

6) Transfer the pizza bases onto baking paper.

Lahmacun (Turkish Pizza)

Just finish it all with the filling/ toppings and you are good to go:

1) In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients from the lamb till the cinnamon powder until well combined, then season.

2) Spread the mixture evenly over the pizza bases and press into the dough gently.

3) Transfer the pizzas onto the heated pizza stone. Bake the pizza for 10-12 minutes or until golden and crisp, making sure the lamb is cooked through. The pizza will leak some fat/ oil.

4) Garnish with pine nuts, crumbled feta, lemon juice, parsley sprigs and radish. Serve immediately.

Et voila your turkish delight is ready to serve and will make your guests very happy :)

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