Simit Turkish Bagels Recipe

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In my effort to fill my blog with the most delicious, easy to make, and elegant dishes from around the world, today I thought of presenting Simit, which is similar to bagels except it’s not boiled before baking and is softer in texture.

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Simit is a popular bread in Turkey. Having simit at breakfast with feta cheese and slices of olives transforms your breakfast to sophisticated and royal like a meal.

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The combination of simit, olives, and feta cheese is just out of this world, but simit tastes oh so good on its own, or with jam. Although it doesn’t taste like a croissant but you can have it the way you like to have your croissant except with lesser calories.

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I try my best to bring you easy to prepare recipes that look good, out of respect to your time and I want you to be able to brag about your cooking too! Simit is a bread that won’t take much of your time and there is no rolling pin involved, the more you make it the faster you will get in preparing it.

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Did I mention that Simit is egg free too?!

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Simit Turkish Bagels Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Servings: 4
  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon yeast
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ cup warm water
  • ***To dip the simit:
  • 2 tablespoon molasses mixed with 3 tablespoon water.
  • ¾ cup sesame seeds
  1. Add the sugar and yeast to the warm water, mix and keep aside for 3 minutes.
  2. In a bowl, add the flour, salt, and vegetable oil. Mix well. Add the water and yeast mixture and start kneading.
  3. The dough will be sticky the first 2 minutes but with continues kneading it will firm a little. Knead for at least 7 minutes. Cover and leave in warm place to double in size, will take 1 hour to one hour and a half.
  4. To make medium size simit, form 4 equal size balls from the dough.
  5. Dust the working surface with flour, using your hands form a long rope, fold the rope in half, twist both halves of the rope, join two ends together to form a circle, press the ends firmly to seal.
  6. Dip both sides in the molasses mixture first then in the sesame seeds, place on a baking sheet. Cover and let it rise again for 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 200C/400F. Bake the simit for 15 minutes on the middle rack.
  8. Serve warm with jam, honey, or feta cheese.

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