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Simit: Turkish sesame ring bread

Delicious Turkish sesame seeds ring bread great with cheese and olives.

Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Turkish
Keyword: Simit
Servings: 6
Calories: 582.06kcal
Author: Swathi (Ambujom Saraswathy)


  • 3.5 cups 325g Bread Flour or use unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoon of Water
  • A pinch of sugar
  • 2 tsp 6g Instant yeast use active dry yeast if you don’t have instant yeast in hand
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon 6g Salt
  • 2 tablespoon Molasses use concentrated jaggery or brown sugar water
  • ½ cup Water
  • 2 cups white Sesame seeds


  • If using active dry yeast, then dissolve yeast in 100 ml warm water and let it stand for 3 min.
  • In a bowl add flour, yeast, salt and pinch of sugar and mix well. Then gradually add water to form smooth dough, knead well about 10 minutes until the dough is no longer sticky.
  • Cover the dough and leave it in a warm place for 1.5 hours or until doubled in bulk.
  • Turn out the dough into a lightly floured surface and punch down. Knead for 2 min.
  • Divide it into 12 pieces (about 45g each) and shape them into long rolls.
  • Take two rolls and form a twisted rope like this
  • Then form this twisted rope into 15 cm ring by pressing and sealing the ends together
  • Dissolve the molasses in 1/2 cup water .
  • In a plate add sesame seeds.
  • Dip each ring in molasses water first, then in the sesame seeds.
  • Set aside for 20 minutes so that simit plumb up little
  • Bake them in 450 F pre-heated oven for 20-25 min or until brown.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 582.06kcal | Carbohydrates: 71.24g | Protein: 19.22g | Fat: 26.36g | Saturated Fat: 3.7g | Sodium: 499.06mg | Potassium: 442.72mg | Fiber: 8.73g | Sugar: 5.36g | Calcium: 512.11mg | Iron: 8.33mg
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