The Turkish bagel, simit!


imit, or Turkish bagel, is a circular Turkish bread topped with sesame seeds. On every street corner of Istanbul, from the moment the sun comes up, you will see people waiting in line for the simitci (the simit seller) to set up his cart and start selling simit.  

In Turkey simit is eaten as breakfast, a side dish or as a snack, often with Turkish tea. Want to make simit at home? Read the recipe below:

Ingredients for simit:

  • 1 kilo of flour
  • 20 grams of fresh yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 5 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 400 ml of hot water
  • 100 ml (liquid) grape molasses (Turkish: Üzüm pekmezi )
  • 100 ml of water
  • 100 grams of white sesame seeds

Preparation of simit:

  • Mix the flour, yeast, salt and sunflower oil into a bowl.
  • Slowly add water into the bowl while continuing to knead the dough.
  • Once the dough is completely kneaded, let it rise for ten minutes. Cover the bowl with a cloth.
  • While the dough is rising, make the sauce that will bring out the simit flavor.
  • Mix 100 ml water and 100 ml of liquid grape molasses into a bowl and stir a few times so that it is completely blended.
  • Make 20 small balls from the dough.
  • To create the shape of the simit, wet your hands with some water.
  • Take two balls of dough and roll them into two long strands of dough.
  • Twist the two dough strands.
  • Bend both strands towards one another, carefully pinch the four ends and push them together to stick.
  • Spread the sesame seeds on a plate.
  • Dip the simit in the grape molasses and water mix. Wait until the sauce is completely absorbed by the simit.
  • Dip the simit in the sesame seeds. Make sure that the whole simit is covered with the seeds.
  • Place the simit on a baking sheet. Repeat the previous steps for the rest of the dough. In total you will have made 10 simits.
  • Place the baking sheet in a preheated oven at 200 degrees. The simit is ready when the top is a golden brown color, it will take about 20 minutes.
Bon appetit!

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