Simit

2019-07-05
  • Yield : 10
  • Servings : 10
  • Prep Time : 40m
  • Cook Time : 15m
  • Ready In : 60m
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In Turkey, simit is a popular street food. It is sold everywhere by simit sellers who carry them by tray loads or in special carts.
There are also Simit Houses opened all around the country, where you can enjoy simit with various fillings; cheese, olive paste, sucuk (Turkish spicy sausages made from dried cured beef).

Ingredients

  • 3  + 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeasts
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 + 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/2 cup molasses ( pekmez)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • For the Topping: 2 cups sesame seeds

Method

Step 1

Dissolve the yeast and sugar in 1/4 cup warm water and let stand 10 minutes in a warm place until frothy.

Step 2

Place the flour on the work surface, make a well in the center, and put in the yeast mixture, salt, and 1 cup lukewarm water. Gradually work in the flour to make a stiff dough (you may not need all of the flour). If you have a heavy-duty mixture, it is best to knead 10 minutes with the dough hook.

Step 3

By hand, knead at least 15 minutes, until the dough is smooth and springy. Put the dough in a buttered bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise at least 1 hour.

Step 4

Preheat the oven to 400ºF (200 ºC)

Step 5

Knead the dough a few times on a lightly floured work surface, roll into a log, and divide into 10 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a tight ball and let rest under a slightly damp towel about 30 minutes.

Step 6

Roll each ball into a 14-inch long rope. Hold down one end of the rope with one hand while twisting it with the other. Then form this twisted rope into a long ring, pressing and rolling the overlapping ends together on the work surface with one hand to seal. Transfer to the prepared tray .

Step 7

Dissolve the molasses in water in a bowl. Put the sesame seeds in a plate and set it next to molasses water. Dip each simit, first into the pekmez mixture, immersing completely to coat, then drain well and toss in the sesame seeds, making sure the simit is completely and thickly coated with the seeds on all sides.

Step 8

Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until deep golden and cooked through. Remove from the oven and serve warm.

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