Simit (Turkish Sesame Bread Rings)

Simit (Turkish Sesame Bread Rings) These small bread rings coated with sesame seeds, called simit, are a popular Turkish snack or street food.


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

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Time Details

    PREP : 30 mins

    COOK : 25 mins

    TOTAL : 45 mins

    SERVING : 8

    YIELD : 8 simit

  • Toast sesame seeds in a dry frying pan over low heat until golden and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Keep a close eye as they change color very quickly.

  • Combine flour, yeast, and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the flour mixture and add water, milk, melted butter, and olive oil; stir well until dough pulls together. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.

  • Place dough in a large, lightly-oiled bowl and turn to coat. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, 30 minutes to 1 hour.

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Divide dough in to 8 parts and roll each part into a 6- to 8-inch long rope. Join ends together and seal to form a ring. Place rings on prepared baking sheet, cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise for 15 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Brush rings with beaten egg and sprinkle generously with toasted sesame seeds.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden and crusty, about 20 minutes.

Per Serving: 405 calories; protein 9.5g; carbohydrates 50.6g; fat 18.4g; cholesterol 36.5mg; sodium 346.2mg. Use nigella or poppy seeds instead of sesame seeds, if desired.