Simit is a turkish bagel.
But it is much easier to make then a bagel, because no boiling of the dough is required.
It is also not so hard and chewy as a bagel, but a bit more soft and tasty.
Dipped in pekmez( fruit molasses) before baking and rolled in sesame seeds… actually to choose a bagel over simit, someone has to experience some kind of mental, or emotional difficulties.
Quite yummy for breakfast or snack, it usually goes well with sweet jam and cheese together.
for 6 simits:
1.5 cups bread flour
0.5 teaspoon salt
2 tbsp pekmez( or hоnеy, or sugar)
2 tbsp tahini ( or oil)
0.5 cup water
1.5 teaspoon instant yeast
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Use a wooden spoon to mix slowly until there are no more dry spots( 1-2 minutes).
Leave it for 5 minutes to rest and fully hydrate.
Then kneed by hands for 7 more minutes.
Divide the dough by 6 and shape each piece into a short stick. Twist them and connect the ends to form a ring.
Dip them one by one in sweet water( 1 tbsp pekmez and 2 tbsp water are mixed together) and then in a plate with sesame seeds.
Put them on a backing paper inside a baking tin and cover them for 30 minutes to rise a little.
Preheat the oven to 200°C.
Bake at 200°( no fan) for 15 minutes.
Take out of the oven and let cool on a wire rack.
Serve with honey, fruit jam and feta cheese.