Simit: Turkish Recipe


Since the 1500s, Sesame seed coated circular bread is baked and served as a breakfast snack with tea, tulum cheese, cucumber slices, olives, tomato, basturma, and also boiled eggs. It is also known as "sesame kebab", one of the favorite food of lower and middle class people of Turkey.

Ingredients Required:

To make 8 rings
Dried yeast (7.5g)
Plain all purpose flour (500g)
Water (300ml)
Salt (7.5g)
Pekmez syrup (60g)
Sesame seeds (140g)
Sugar (7g)

Preparation Method:

  • Take warm water in bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water and set aside for 5 minutes
  • After 5 minutes, add flour and pinch of salt and mix until dough is smooth and elastic
  • Shift smooth and elastic dough into oil greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap and keep aside for 1 hour or until dough has doubled in size
  • Using hands,  roll out dough to form a 55cm long rope and hold in half until the ends align
  • Use hands to twist dough to form a two-stranded rope and join the ends together to form a circle, press ends firmly to seal
  • Preheat the oven to 220C (425 F/Gas 7) with baking tray and baking paper
  • On the other side keep sesame seeds and pekmez syrup mixed in 60g water
  • Now dip each sealed ring into pekmez syrup and again dip into sesame seeds and keep aside for 20 minutes on a preheated oven tray
  • After 20 minutes, bake for 17 minutes or until slightly puffed
  • Now your simit is ready for eating