Simit or Turkish Sesame Encrusted Circular Bread
Now that my instagram feed has many baked items, it is time for the blog to have a fair share too :)
I have been wanting to make Simit from a long time and today was the day! Simit is Turkish circular sesame encrusted bread which is a popular street food all over Turkey. Simit is sweet, nutty and mildly sour. Sour? yes! because of grape molasses that is used to coat the dough with. This gives the bread a totally different texture and taste.
Simit can be had just as it is or served with fruit preserve,labneh, cheese or eggs too. It is perfect for breakfast. For me, just a coffee and simit is good enough:)
I had not tried out Simit before this because I forgot l didn't have the grape molasses and it was not found with my local grocer. But then I remembered that I can use even pomegranate molasses and this can be the closest alternative. If you don't have grape and pomegranate molasses then you need not worry. You just need little more patience and you can make them at home too :) Just Google it ;)
Leaving aside ,my memory issues of forgetting and remembering stuff, I decided to try on Simit and enjoy a fresh breakfast - all homemade. If you find the pictures tempting then go on and read my recipe and the making of Simit as it should be... It's my most successful bake yet :)
Ingredients for the dough
250gm strong bread flour (you may use all purpose flour too)
130ml lukewarm water
4gm instant yeast
15ml olive oil +5gm butter
5-6 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses mixed with 4 tablespoons water
5gm butter for grease proofing the bowl.
1 - Mix flour and salt first.
2 - Mix water, sugar and yeast. Add this to the flour and combine all together.
3 - Add olive oil and butter and combine.
4 - Dust a working surface and knead into a dough for about 10-15mins or until you get a very soft dough.
5 - Place the dough in a greased bowl to rise or double in size.
BEFORE - AFTER (60mins)
6 - Punch out the air from the risen dough.
7 - Divide the dough into 7 equal portions.
8 - Make a round ball of each portion and let it relax for 5min.
9 - Take each ball of dough and roll into a long 50cm cylindrical shape. working from centre to out. I am attaching picture of an earlier similar shape and the twist shape you need to make.
10 - Now make a round shape and tuck the dough ends and pinch it to secure (image below)
11 - Dunk the dough in molasses and then coat well with sesame seeds and place it on a baking tray with parchment paper (images)
12 - Leave the baking tray covered for a second rise for about 45-60mins or until doubled in size
13 - Now bake these beauties in a preheated gas oven at 220c on second rack for 20-25mins or until the top has well browned. If using electric oven, adjust to lower the baking time.
14 - Once done let it all cool down on a cooling rack and enjoy your homemade Turkish Simit.
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