I’m mad about bread since my childhood, a setting table without bread at home is not a table at all. Anyway, a few days ago my fellow blogger Tasneem from thoughtsoverchai posted this tempting Turkish bread, I couldn’t resist trying this new recipe. Tasneem is a Dubai Food Blogger.
The Turkish Simit Bread is the famous bread from Turkey. I remembered our last trip in Istanbul a few years ago, I was fascinated by this round bread, on sale everywhere, warm, crunchy and soft at the same time, full of sesame seeds! Perfect for a tea or stuffed with cheese and petal rose jam.
I adapted Tasneem’s recipe and I am very happy with my first Simit Bread (I made little changes). Next time I will try to make them thinner.
- 600g all purpose flour/plain flour
- 300ml of water (for me)
- 20g of fresh yeast (for me)
- 2 teaspoons of sugar
- A pinch of salt
- Roasted sesame seeds
- 100ml of Pekmez grapes molasses (for me)
- 100ml of water (hot)
- In a deep bowl add the flour, the yeast, and the sugar.
- Start to mix all the ingredients with your fingers.
- In a bowl dissolve the salt with the 300ml of water (more or less depending on the quality of your flours).
- Pour gradually the water and start to knead with your hands.
- Knead until you feel the dough becomes soft and not sticky.
- Cover the dough with a kitchen cloth and let the dough rise for 1 hour in a warm place.
- Dust with flour a baking tray and set aside.
- After 1 hour, restart to knead with your hands for a good 3 minutes.
- Bend and fold the dough by using the palm of your hands and your fingers.
- Cut the dough into 8 equal pieces.
- Take each piece and make long rolls of 65 centimeters long.
- Take 2 rolls and place them side by side, twist them and pinch to join the ends, you obtain a ring (as seen in the picture).
- Proceed the same way for the rest of the rolls.
- Heat the oven to 200C degrees.
- In a large bowl mix the hot water and the Pekmez.
- In another plate add the roasted sesame seeds.
- Dip each ring, first in the Pekmez and then in the sesame seeds.
- Place the ring on the baking tray.
- Proceed the same way for the rest of the rings and set aside for 30 minutes.
- Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown color.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
Eat this bread with a good tea, I opted for a good Ceylon tea and rose petal jam.
There is nothing better than the smell of the bread inside the house.
PS: In my recipe, I used grams instead of cups (I’m more familiar with grams) and I also used Pekmez. Simit are much better when they are eaten fresh!
Thank you, Tasneem 🙂