Turkish Simit Bread


IMG_1720I’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.

Serves 4


  •  600g all purpose flour/plain flour
  •  300ml of water (for me)
  • 11g of dry instant yeast
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • Sesame seeds
  • 250ml of pekmez (for me) grapes molasses



  1. In a deep bowl add the flour, the yeast, and the sugar.
  2. Start to mix all the ingredients with your fingers.
  3. In a bowl dissolve the salt with the 300ml of water.
  4. Pour gradually the water and start to knead with your hands.
  5. Knead until you feel the dough becomes soft and not sticky.
  6. Cover the dough with a kitchen towel and let the dough rise for 1 hour in a warm place.
  7. Dust with flour a baking tray and set aside.
  8. After 1 hour, restart to knead with your hands for a good 3 minutes.
  9. Bend and fold the dough by using the palm of your hands and your fingers.
  10. Cut the dough into 8 equal pieces.
  11. Take each piece and make long rolls of 65 centimeters long.
  12. 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).
  13. Proceed the same way for the rest of the rolls.
  14. In a deep plate add the pekmez and in another plate add the sesame seeds.
  15. Dip each ring, first in the pekmez and then in the sesame seeds.
  16. Place the ring on the baking tray.
  17. Proceed the same way for the rest of the rings and set aside for 30 minutes.
  18. Preheat the oven to 200C degrees.
  19. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown color.
  20. 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.

Bon Appétit!

PS: In my recipe, I used grams instead of cups (I’m more familiar with grams) and I also used Pekmez.

Thank you, Tasneem 🙂

53 thoughts on “Turkish Simit Bread

  1. Margot @ Gather and Graze

    Your photos of this bread are stunning Linda! It looks delicious! I’ve never seen grape molasses here in Australia, but I’ll check online to see if there’s something else I could substitute it with… I love the sound of rose petal jam too!

    • lapetitepaniere

      Thank you for your nice comment, Margot 🙂 About the grapes molasses you can substitute with brown sugar and water, have a look at the original recipe, the link is at the top of my page, Tasneem’s blog. The taste of rose petal jam is very delicate.

  2. apuginthekitchen

    Oh how wonderful, I have had this bread but did not know anything about it’s origin. So excited that you have a recipe, I loved it and you have brought back the memories of eating it, now I can make it myself. Thanks for posting this.

    • lapetitepaniere

      Thank you Mila 🙂 It is good and crunchy. When my fellow blogger Tasneem posted this bread on her blog, (the bread was so tempting) I couldn’t resist the opportunity to try this new bread 😀

  3. polianthus

    wow this looks wonderful I guess the water replaced a dairy product, and the original simit tastes a little too rich for me like a croissant almost so excited to try your version!

    • lapetitepaniere

      Thank you very much, Polianthus 🙂 This bread is very light in texture but next time I will try to make the rings thinner, it was the first time I made it. Do let me know how it turns out.

      • polianthus

        hello there – I will let you know need to have some time though especially to make the rings which I imagine is a bit fiddly – dont like the bought ones though so yous are very tempting

  4. platedujour

    Beautiful! I love this recipe Linda, and I’m sure you know how it’s like if you live close to France and with a French person in the house!! Bread is a must 😀 We tried some bread here in Lux but honestly the French one is much better. I have to start making my own bread though. You made my day today you know- and it was a loooong one. Thank you xx

    • lapetitepaniere

      Thank you Marta 🙂 I think my nose looks like Pinocchio when I smell bread somewhere 😀 This bread is perfect for a sandwich or for breakfast and so crunchy. I’m sure you will enjoy making bread. Have a great day xx

  5. spiceinthecity

    I buy Simit from this Turkish bakery near my house and love how well it goes with a lot of Indian curries. Thank you for the recipe Linda, I have to try making it at home! Looks so gorgeous!!

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