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.
- 8 ounces plain white flour (225g)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 ounces margarine (50g) or 2 ounces butter (50g)
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 ounce sesame seeds (25g) or 1 ounce poppy seed, approximately (25g)
- Preheat the oven to 400F (200C).
- In a bowl, mix the flour and salt together, and make a well in the middle.
- Melt the margarine/butter, then mix with the oil, milk, water and egg.
- Pour the egg mixture into the well in the flour, and mix well to form a dough.
- Shape the dough into rings about 4" in diameter.
- Grease baking sheet, and lay the rings on it.
- Brush the rings with milk and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
- I think these are best eaten hot or while still warm.
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.
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.
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