Turkish Bread Simit is a tender bread encrusted with sesame seeds which is served with salad, feta cheese, tea and can be eaten just as it is! Here is a traditional recipe to make Simit.
About the recipe
Having baked a variety of bread at home, how could I miss making Simit? Simit, my friends, happens to be a circular bread that is usually encrusted using sesame seeds. It is prepared across the Middle East, however, its crunchiness, size tend to customize as per the traditions of various regions.
In Turkey as well as Istanbul, it is sold literally like hot cakes using trolleys and some vendors even carry it in a tray resting on their heads. Popularly known as sesame kebab, I couldn’t resist baking it after eating it once at a Middle Eastern restaurant.
Served along with fresh cucumbers, feta cheese, Simit is so inviting that it is often eaten just as it is along with piping hot tea!
Simit succeeds in titillating your senses with its crunch, tenderness, and that fresh sesame-ish flavor makes this bread more appetizing. Bake this Turkish Bread not because you must but because it tastes so yummy that you would regret not making it at your earliest once you devour its first bite!
Having said that, I am not dropping more clues, get ready with some all purpose flour and some basic ingredients and get ready to bake fresh Simit this weekend! So, are you ready to read the recipe?
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Turkish Bread Simit
- 3.5 cups All purpose flour
- 2 tbsp Vital wheat gluten
- ¼ tsp Salt
- 2 tbsp Vegetable oil
- 1 cup Luke warm water
- 1 tsp Sugar
- 2 tsp Active dry yeast
- 2 tbsp Brown sugar (Dissolved in ½ cup water)
- 1 cup White Sesame seeds
- Add all purpose flour, gluten, salt and vegetable oil in a bowl.
- Mix well and keep aside.
- Mix lukewarm water and sugar in another bowl.
- Sprinkle yeast on top and mix gently.
- Cover the bowl and keep aside for 10 minutes until the yeast blooms.
- Pour the yeast mixture over the dry mixture and knead to make a soft dough.
- Add more water if required.
- Transfer the dough on a slightly floured work surface and knead for 10-12 minutes.
- Transfer the dough in an oiled bowl and cover and keep aside for an hour until it doubles in size.
- Slightly punch the dough and divide it into 12 equal parts.
- Take 2 parts and roll them in cylinders.
- Join the two parts at the end and braid them together.
- Bring the ends together to make a circle.
- Dip the bread in sugar water and then coat it with sesame seeds on both the sides.
- Arrange the Simit on a baking tray.
- Make all of them in the same manner.
- Cover the tray with a moist kitchen towel and keep aside for 30 minutes.
- Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees C.
- Bake the Simit for 20-25 minutes until browned.
- Remove from oven and serve hot.