Simit: Turkish Bread Rings Coated with Sesame Seeds

Simit: Turkish Bread Rings Coated with Sesame Seeds

This is a recipe for a cafe-style Simit. Simit is a bread that is representative of Turkish food. You'll never tire of this simple, delicious bread coated with fragrant sesame seeds.

Ingredients: 8 pieces

Bread flour
250 g
Cake flour
150 g
Lukewarm water
225 ml
Vegetable oil
1 1/2 tablespoons
Instant dry yeast
1 teaspoon
1 teaspoon
☆Hulled white sesame seeds
1 bag
☆Grape juice
100 ml


1. Combine the dry ingredients with a whisk.
2. Put the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and pour the vegetable oil and lukewarm water into the well.
3. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spatula.
4. Knead the dough with your hands for 5-10 minutes.
5. This is how the kneaded dough should look.
6. Divide the dough into 16 equal pieces.
7. There will be a total of 16 pieces after dividing the 4 pieces in the background.
8. Keep about half of the dough in a bag or cover it with plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out.
9. Let the dough rise. Stretch the dough into thin strips (about 30-35 cm).
10. Dust the dough, if necessary.
11. Twist 2 strips of dough together.
12. Attach the ends of the dough strips to make a ring.
13. This is how the rings should look. Arrange them on a baking sheet.
14. Put the grape juice in a large bowl (the bowl should be bigger than the dough rings).
15. Spread the sesame seeds on a tray (start with about 1/3 of the bag and add more as needed).
16. Dip both sides of the rings in the grape juice, drain excess moisture, then coat both sides in the sesame seeds.
17. Try to keep the sesame seeds dry, otherwise, they will not stick to the dough very well. Try to use up the sesame seeds on the tray before adding more.
18. Reshape the rings and put them back on the baking sheet (I can bake 4 rings at a time in my oven).
19. Let the dough sit in a warm place for 20 minutes.
20. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 200℃ and make the last 4 rings.
21. Once the dough has risen, bake until browned (about 18 minutes).
22. Yum.

Story Behind this Recipe

I had a craving for Turkish bread called "Simit", so I baked a few.