Turkish Sesame Bagels – Simit

Turkish Sesame Bagels – Simit Recipe

Traditionally eaten as a snack or as part of a breakfast. You can have simit for breakfast with a cup of tea, sliced cucumber, tomatoes, feta cheese and olives.

Turkish Sesame Bagels - Simit
Turkish Sesame Bagels – Simit


For the dough;

  • 1 cup of warm milk,
  • A half cup of warm water,
  • A half cup of vegetable oil,
  • 10 grams of dried yeast,
  • 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar,
  • 1 coffee spoonful of salt,
  • 5,5 cups of all-purpose flour.

To cover;

  • A half cup of water,
  • A half cup of grape molasses,
  • Roasted sesame seeds.

The cup size: 200 ml.

Process of Turkish Sesame Bagels – Simit Recipe

Combine the 3 cups flour, sugar, salt and fried yeast in a large bowl.
In the middle of the mixture, make a hole like a pool, and put there warm milk, water and oil and knead them.
Keep kneading the mixture and adding flour left gradually until you have a smooth, firm dough about as firm as an earlobe.
You get a smooth but not sticky dough.
Cover the bowl and leave in a warm place until dough has doubled size.

Combine the grape molasses and a half cup of water in a plate. Place sesame seeds on another plate.

Take walnut sized pieces from the dough, roll them with the palm of your hands.
Working with two pieces of dough at a time, use your hands to roll dough pieces out to make long ropes.
Twist them by rolling in opposite directions one over another.
Join the ends together to make a circle, pressing the ends firmly together to seal.
Dip one side in the molasses mixture first then in the sesame seeds and place on a greased baking tray.
Repeat the same process until all pieces are completed.

Bake simit in the preheated oven to 180°C until they get golden brown.
Serve warm with a cup of tea, sliced cucumber, tomatoes, feta cheese and olives.
You can get 16 simit with these ingredients.

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