After a beautiful time in Istanbul, it was only natural to want to relive the memories at home…
Simit is so Turkish, and I used to have it with breakfast with a range of their home-made cheese.I was so happy when I came across this blog with the recipe!
3 cups flour
2 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup warm water
1 tsp yeast
2 Tbsp oil
Sift the flour, salt, and sugar in a large bowl.
Whisk the yeast in the water, whisk in the oil and egg.
Add the egg mixture to the flour, and knead on medium speed for 4 minutes.
Form into a ball, lightly oil, cover, and let rest in a warm place ill doubled in size (about 1 hour).
Turn out on a table and divide into ten equal parts.
Working with one part at a time, divide into two, roll each half into a rod (picture), then intertwine the two rods (picture), then combine the ends (picture), forming a circle.
Place on a baking sheet and let rest 10-15 minutes longer.
Dunk the circles 2 minutes in a warm baking soda bath, then lightly press the simit on both sides in a plate of sesame seeds to cover.
Return to the baking sheet
Bake the simit in a preheated oven at 360°F for 25-30 minutes.