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Simit - Turkish Sesame Bread

An essential, traditional, delicious bread Simit (Turkish Sesame Ring) with one of the best mezze in Turkish cuisine Haydari or simply served with butter and feta cheese. We all love to eat as part of our breakfast. It is one of the best-selling street snacks in Turkey. Here is a bit of that to your home. 


For How Many?

8 People

Preparation Time


Cooking Time




  • 2 tsp instant dried yeast
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 225 ml lukewarm water
  • 300 g (2 cups) plain (all-purpose) flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 45 ml thickened cream
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • 250 ml (1 cup) pekmez (grape molasses) 
  • 170 ml water
  • 145 g (1 cup) sesame seeds 

How to cook?

For the simit, mix the yeast and sugar in a bowl with 150 ml lukewarm water, then set aside for 5 minutes. It should start to form bubbles. Add another 75 ml lukewarm water and stir to combine.

Sift the flour into a mixing bowl, make a well in the middle and pour in the yeast mixture, oil and cream. Knead the dough for 5 minutes until it’s a soft and stretchy dough, adding more flour, if the dough is sticky.

Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and set aside for 1 hour. It should expand.

Preheat the oven to 230°C or as hot as it can be heated. Line 4 large baking trays with baking paper and grease with oil.

Add the salt to the dough and knead for 3 minutes.

Sprinkle some flour on a work surface. Divide the dough into 8 pieces and roll into balls. Rest for 3 minutes.

With floured hands, pull each ball in half and roll each half into a strip about 50 cm long. Twist the two strips around each other (see Note). Form the twisted dough around into a circle. Cross the ends together and roll over the join with your hands a couple of times to seal.


Shaping Simit

Dilute the grape molasses with the 170 ml water.

Pour the sesame seeds into a shallow bowl.

Dip the simit into the molasses, one at a time. Turn to coat both sides. Shake off the excess liquid, then press each in the sesame seeds, making sure both sides are evenly coated.

Arrange the simit on the trays and bake, in batches if necessary, for 20 minutes or until golden brown and crusty.


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