Simit, the typical Turkish bread with sesame seeds

The simit is a round-shaped bread with the surface sprinkled with sesame seeds. Its history begins about 500 years ago and still today they are one of the most typical elements of Turkish street food. You can find them in the ovens or sold directly on the street by men with red and white carts. Try them like this or stuffed with cheese, olive pate or sweet creams.

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Simit recipe

The preparation of the simit is very easy and also quite quick, especially if you prepare the version with instant yeast (alternatively you can use 1/4 of a cube of brewer’s yeast and let the dough rise for a couple of hours) . The result will be very special but really good semi-sweet donuts, see is believe.

Ingredients for 8 simit

  • 500 grams of flour
  • 240 milliliters of water
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 30 milliliters of oil
  • 10 grams of yeast
  • 40 grams of honey (mixed with water)
  • Sesame seeds

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Turkish simit

Preparation of simit

1. Activate the Yeast:

  • In a small bowl, combine the yeast, sugar, and 60 milliliters of warm water.
  • Allow it to sit for about 10 minutes until it becomes frothy. This indicates that the yeast is active.

2. Prepare the Dough:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt.
  • Make a well in the center and pour in the yeast mixture, along with the oil and remaining water.
  • Mix well until a dough forms.

3. Knead the Dough:

  • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface.
  • Knead it for about 10-15 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. You can also use a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment.

4. Let it Rise:

  • Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours, or until it has doubled in size.


5. Preheat Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 200°C (392°F).

6. Shape the Simit:

  • After the dough has risen, punch it down to remove excess air.
  • Divide the dough into small portions, about the size of a small orange. Roll each portion into a long rope, about 30-35 centimeters (12-14 inches) long.

7. Create the Simit Rings:

  • Bring the ends of each rope together to form a circle.
  • Press the ends together to seal, creating a ring shape.

8. Dip in Honey-Water Mixture:

  • In a shallow dish, combine the honey and water.
  • Dip each simit ring into the honey-water mixture, making sure it’s evenly coated.

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Turkish Simit Recipe

9. Coat with Sesame Seeds:

  • Roll the honey-coated simit in sesame seeds, ensuring they stick to the surface.

10. Bake: – Place the sesame-covered simits on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. – Bake in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until they turn golden brown.

11. Cool and Serve: – Allow the simits to cool slightly before serving. They are best when enjoyed fresh and warm.

12. Enjoy: – Serve your homemade simit as a delightful snack or breakfast item. Dip it in yogurt or tea for an authentic Turkish experience. Enjoy!

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