Dr. Nizam's Kids Friendly Recipes: Turkish Simit
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Turkish simit is a traditional sesame crusted bread that makes for a delicious breakfast or snack. If you’ve followed along with our other go to cinnamon donut and vanilla mug cake recipes, you probably already know about our HelloFresh giveaway. If you haven’t, don’t forget to enter for a chance to win some delicious home delivered meal kits!
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Turkish Simit Ingredients
All-purpose flour - You can use all purpose flour or bread flour. Whole wheat flour would make the simit a bit tough therefore I don't recommend using it.
Yeast - If using instant yeast, simply add it to the dry ingredients. However, if using active dry yeast, you need to activate it in warm water (between 105 and 110 degrees F).
Salt and sugar - Use kosher salt or table salt and granulated sugar.
Vegetable oil - You can use canola oil as well.
Molasses and sesame seeds - These are used to coat the simit before baking. You can use classic molasses, grape or mulberry molasses that you can find in Mediterranean or middle eastern shops. The molasses and water combination gives this circular bread that unique brown color complimented by a very slight sweetness.
Steps to Make Turkish Simit
Step 1 - Start by placing 4 cups of flour, yeast, salt and sugar in a stand mixer bowl. Add in warm water and vegetable oil. Make sure the water is not too hot or too cold. The water you use to make bread should be warm to touch.
Step 2 - Mix using the dough hook until the dough comes together and is a little sticky. If the dough is too sticky and sticks to the bowl, start adding the 5th cup of flour one tablespoon at a time. You will probably need only 2 or 3 tablespoons of flour.
Step 3 - Once the dough has come together and is a little sticky, it's time to knead the dough. Knead the simit dough using a dough hook for about 8 minutes until it's not sticky anymore. Cover the bowl and let it rise for 1.5 hours until it doubles in size.
Step 4 - Meanwhile, toast the sesame seeds and in a shallow and wide dish (like a pie dish) whisk together the molasses and water.
Step 5 - After 1.5 hours, check on the simit dough which must have doubled by now. Carefully punch in down and knead it for a few seconds. Divide the dough into 16 pieces.
Step 6 - Roll out two of the dough pieces into 25 inch tubes each. Place them parallel to each other and roll in opposite directions to make a twist (check out the step-by-step photos). Meet and pinch the ends on both sides together to form a circle. Repeat with the remaining 14 pieces to make 7 more simits. An alternative method would be to divide the dough into 8 pieces and roll out to have a 40-45 inch tube, then fold it and twist it.
Step 7 - Dip each twisted dough in the molasses and water combination and make sure it's covered on both sides. Then dip them in toasted sesame seeds and ensure they are fully coated.
Step 8 - Let the dough circles rest for another 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake the simits in the oven for 12-15 minutes until they are brown and fully baked.