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Simit Turkish Bagels Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
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


  • Add the sugar and yeast to the warm water, mix and keep aside for 3 minutes.
  • In a bowl, add the flour, salt, and vegetable oil. Mix well. Add the water and yeast mixture and start kneading.
  • 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.
  • To make medium size simit, form 4 equal size balls from the dough.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Preheat oven to 200C/400F. Bake the simit for 15 minutes on the middle rack.
  • Serve warm with jam, honey, or feta cheese.