Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I am back with Simit (Turkish Bagel) Recipe

It has been very long time that I haven't published new recipe. Sorry about that. Last 3-4 months were very difficult for us. Anyway, I am back again ;-))

I have a very delicious recipe for people who starve simit outside of Turkey. Because in Turkey you do not need to bake it at home. It is much more easy to buy them from bakery stores. But if you live abroad and want to have simit than you need to learn how to make it. It is not so hard actually. The most difficult for me was giving shape to simit otherwise it doesn't take long time to prepare. As you can see below the shape is not excellent but it worked for me ;-))

Here are the ingredients that I use;

For the dough;
- 1 cup lukewarm water
- 1 cup likewarm milk
- 2 tbs yeast
- 2 tbs sugar
- 3 ts salt
- 1 egg
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 5 cup + 2 tbs flour

For topping;
- 1 cup sesame seeds
- 2 tbs grape molasses
- 2 tbs water

Mix well water, milk, yeast and sugar in a large bowl first. Than add oil, egg and flour, than salt. After I added 5 cups of flour I added additional 2 table spoon more but I put it carefully.You may not need that additional 2 tbs of flour.It depends on what size of egg you are going to use I think. Knead the dough about 10 minutes till it gets soft and smooth. After that wrap the bowl well and let the dough rise about half an hour. After that knead the dough one more minute till it is bubble free and place it onto counter top. You may need to sprinkle additional flour here if your dough is so sticky. Cut the dough 10 equal pieces and start rolling them by your fingers till you get around 20 inches (it will be long roll) Bring the two ends together and twist them than make the ends together like a bagel shape this time. When you finish giving shapes to simits mix water and grape molasses in a large bowl and place sesame seeds in a serving plate. First dip simits to the mixture and than dip them to sesame seeds and place them to baking tray. Let them rise around half an hour. By the time preheat the oven to 475F. Bake them around 10-12 minutes till they are golden. Timing would change depending on the oven style.

Than they are ready to eat :-) I cooked them yesterday and I ate one of them with 3 different cheese. This tray was for my husband who was studying at that time. I hope you give a try to this recipe and like the taste that we did. Enjoy!

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