Simit is a popular Turkish bread that is also the most popular street food around the country. You can have this bread various ways. One of the most popular is simply being served with tea. I love to have feta cheese another Turkish favorite with my simit. Most simits are made with regular sesame seeds but you will find various places selling simits with black sesame seeds. I like to add some to my simits when baking to add color to the dish. The traditional way is to use grape molasses but I have yet to find any here in Saudi so I use honey which taste just as good.
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
400 ml warm water
2 teaspoons dry yeast
pinch of sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons grape molasses or honey
150 ml hot water
1-1/2 cups sesame seeds
1. In a small bowl add yeast, sugar and a 4 tablespoons of warm water from the 400ml of water. Allow yeast to active for 5 minutes.
2. In a large mixing bowl add flour, salt, yeast mixture and little bit of water at time until a soft elastic consistency forms. Knead for 10 minutes. Add olive oil on hands and pat around dough (do not work in). Place in a clean plastic bowl, cover with a towel and sit in a warm place for 2 hours.
3. Punch dough down and divide into 8 even balls. Cover with a damp towel and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 400F. Roll doll out into a 16-inch long even sized rope, carefully twist. Pinch sides together to form a large ring the size of a coffee cup dish.
4. Bake 2 at a time on a baking sheet until golden, 20-25 minutes.
Yields: 8 simits