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Every culture has its unique take on bread, and every single one is great. But one of Turkey’s most famous street foods might be a bread you have never heard about. It’s called Simit, and it is incredible! Simit is used for breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes.
Simit reminds me a lot of the street bread made where I grew up called Kaak, a sizeable ring-shaped bread like a bagel but with softer dough inside. Like Kaak, simit is technically not a bagel. Simit has a nutty flavoring, a crunchy outer shell coated with sesame seeds, and a soft inside. It will become one of your bread favorites in no time!
How Turkish Simit is Different From Bagels
Although some refer to simit as a Turkish bagel, the two foods differ. A bagel is boiled in the water while a simit is baked under high heat in an oven.
A bagel may have a more rigid exterior like a simit and can be coated with poppy or sesame seeds, but bagels have a chewier center. This Turkish delicacy has a crunchy outer shell and a light, fluffy center.
Simit is used for breakfast sandwiches and spreads and is one of the most popular foods in Turkey!
Tips For Perfectly Shaping Simit into a Ring
Shaping the simit into a perfect ring might be challenging, but it only improves with practice. First, you want to take two lumps of your dough and roll them into long snake-like strips. Then, place the two strips parallel next to each other, ensuring the ends line up. Next, intertwine the two ropes by twisting them together – think of how a hair braid would look.
Once the ropes are intertwined, make a circle by creasing the two ends together and make sure the ends are combined and won’t fall apart. This will give you a smooth rotation! To smooth out the crease, stick your hand in the hole of the process and gently roll the ruffle out of the ring on a flat surface.
How Long Can You Store This Bread?
You can store it in your freezer for a few months to prevent the bread from becoming stale. Then, anytime you want to eat a piece, you can place it in the oven or a pan over medium to low heat.
Is Turkish Simit Vegan-Friendly?
Yes! It’s a straightforward bread with minimal ingredients making it a healthy option. This dish uses no animal byproducts in the bread, so it is vegan.
Simit is one of Turkey’s most famous breakfast foods. It resembles a bagel with a crunchy and nutty outside covered in sesame seeds and a soft and fluffy inside. It’s the perfect bread for dipping into hummus, eaten with soup, like our chicken noodle soup, and with our turkey chili or even used sandwich bread! You can freeze this bread to help it last for months.
Heat your oven to 500°F. Place a stone (if you have it) into the range to heat the simit. To make the dough mix instant yeast with lukewarm water and wait a few minutes for the yeast to wake up.
Pile the flour on the work surface (or in a bowl) and create a well at the pile's center.
Add the water to the well, then gradually mix the flour and water. If the dough is stiff, wet your fingers and keep on kneading. Knead for about 8-9 minutes until you reach a smooth tackles consistency.
Cover the bowl with a damp cloth when your dough is ready, and wait 30 minutes. When it rises, knead once more and portion into 4 oz balls. Then, divide each dough ball into two pieces.
Shape each piece into long strips (16-18 in). Tie two ends of the loop to form a circle and ensure you join them well. Then, take two strips side to side and wrap them one another, creating a spiral.
Dust your work surface and rest the simits while shaping others.
Mix the molasses, water, and flour using a deep plate. On a separate tray, pour a generous amount of sesame seeds. If you can't find half-roasted sesame seeds, roast them in a pan until they change color slightly. Set your oven to 445°F without a fan on the upper and lower heat. Dip your simits into the first station to coat them with the molasses mixture. Then dip them into the second station to cover them with sesame seeds.
Place the simits into the oven with a pizza stone and bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly brown and crunchy.
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Simit is a classic Turkish street food perfect for breakfast or a snack. These circular bread rings are coated in sesame seeds and have a chewy texture with a slightly sweet taste. They’re easy to make at home and are perfect for dipping in dips, spreads, or soups. Try making your simit today for a taste of Turkey in your kitchen!
|2.2 lb. bread flour and extra for dusting|
|1 ¼ teaspoon instant yeast|
|½ tablespoon salt|
|2 cups lukewarm drinking water|
Ingredients For Dip:
|1 cup grape molasses|
|½ cup water|
|1 tablespoon flour|
|3-4 cups half-roasted sesame seeds|
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