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Simit - traditional Turkish bagel

Extremely tasty and crunchy bread with sesame and molasses coating.
Servings 6 simits



  • 500 g semi-white flour
  • 7 g dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 300 ml lukewarm water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

The rest

  • 30 g molasses
  • 120 ml water
  • sesame seeds



  • In a bowl, mix flour, yeast, salt and sugar, then add water.
  • Slowly mix ingredients together with a wooden spatula from the center outwards, then knead well with your hands.
  • Cover the dough and let it rest in a warm place for at least 45 minutes.
  • When the dough is ready, cut it into 6 equal parts and form simit from each part according to the following procedure.


  • Cut into two equal parts.
  • Form each part into a long roll (30 cm).
  • Intertwine rolls with each other.
  • Combine both ends to get a nice ring.


  • In a bowl, mix molasses and water so that the molasses dissolves completely.
  • Prepare sesame seeds in another bowl.
  • Dip each simit into a mixture of water and molasses so that it is all covered, then immediately put in a plate with sesame seeds and completely cover with sesame seeds. Place on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.


  • Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated oven at 200°C.