The adventure of simits in the Ottoman Empire dates back to the XVIII century. In these centuries, it has managed to take its place at the sultan’s tables and in the palace kitchen. Turkish Simit is the premium flavor of Old Istanbul streets, tea gardens, and bakeries!
2 cups of flour
1 cup of warm water
½ tbsp instant yeast
½ tbsp salt
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup of grape molasses
1 cup of roasted sesame
Mix 1 cup of warm water and yeast, and set aside to ferment. (4-5 mins)
Then add flour little by little and start mixing with the fermented water.
Add the salt.
Add the remaining flour little by little and knead until you get a soft dough.
Cover your dough with a cloth and let it rest for about 10-15 minutes.
Put the water and molasses in a medium-sized pot, after it came to a boil, lower the heat and simmer.
Knead the dough again and divide it into four parts.
Take one of the dough parts and press it back and forth with both hands, turning it into a strip.
Consolidate the two ends of the strip by joining and pressing.
Put the dough in the simmering molasses, leave it in for 10-15 seconds and drain, take it out of the pot and put it on a plate where you spread the sesame seeds and smear it all over.
Prepare the remaining 3 pieces in the same way and place them on a baking sheet.
Preheat the oven to 240 C / 460 F degrees and bake the Turkish Simit until golden brown. Enjoy your Turkish Simit!