Simit (Turkish Bread Rings)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

Simit is a ring-shaped unleavened bread, which is a popular street food in Turkey. The recipe comes from "The Country Kitchen" by Jocasta Innes, but I use butter instead of the recommended margarine, and sometimes substitute poppy seeds for the recommended sesame seeds.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 400F (200C).
  2. In a bowl, mix the flour and salt together, and make a well in the middle.
  3. Melt the margarine/butter, then mix with the oil, milk, water and egg.
  4. Pour the egg mixture into the well in the flour, and mix well to form a dough.
  5. Shape the dough into rings about 4" in diameter.
  6. Grease baking sheet, and lay the rings on it.
  7. Brush the rings with milk and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
  9. I think these are best eaten hot or while still warm.


Most Helpful

I have never had simit before, so I have never experienced the consistency as it is meant to be, but I agree with the previous reviewer's assessment of this recipe as producing something more akin to a shortbread. The rings certainly turned out and worked fine for our purposes, but after a bit of googling, it seems this recipe is not very true to the traditional way of making simit. To be fair, it may be a regional variation, but I think I'll be trying a different recipe next time. Made with Turkish red lentil soup.

Meliska July 13, 2011

Turned out like shortcrust pastry not the lovely bread rings we know though I did wonder with the ingredients. I now have 'pastry rings' and a disappointed Turkish husband.

Buncase February 09, 2011

Wow !This was a wonderful recipe! I will be making these again. and Will tell all my belly dancing friends about them! Thanks for the recipe

Recipe Baroness May 14, 2007

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