For this month baking partner’s challenge Swathi has suggested this bread which is a famous Turkish street food Simit also called as Turkish Ring Bread. I made with bread flour, if you can use it otherwise use all purpose flour /maida or make bread flour of your own (For 1 Cup Maida/All purpose flour add 1 tablespoon of vital wheat gluten). Also original recipe asked for grape molasses (pekmez). I don’t have it in hand, so I used Jaggery Water, also molasses works here.
Last week I just waited 3 days after baking this bread as i totally depend on natural light due to cloudy weather i couldn’t click better pictures, will try to update pictures whenever possible!!!
This recipe is adapted from here
Bread Flour (or use unbleached all purpose flour) – 3.5 cups/325gms
Water – 1 Cup + 2 tablespoon
A pinch of Sugar
Yeast – 2 teaspoon/6g Instant ( use active dry yeast if you don’t have instant yeast in hand)
Salt – 1 ¼ teaspoon/6gram or 1.25 tsp
White Sesame Seeds – 1 Cup
* 2 Tablespoon of Molasses or Concentrated Dark Brown Sugar Water
*You can use 6-7 Tbsp jaggery or dark brown sugar and boil for a while in 1/3 cup water and cool before dipping the rings
- If using active dry yeast, then dissolve yeast in 100 ml warm water and let it stand for 3 min.
- In a bowl add flour, yeast, salt and pinch of sugar and mix well.
- Then gradually add water to form smooth dough, knead well about 10 minutes until the dough is no longer sticky.
- Cover the dough and leave it in a warm place for 1.5 hours or until doubled in bulk (Pic 1).
- Turn out the dough into a lightly floured surface and punch down.
- Knead the dough for 2 minutes and divide it into 12 pieces (about 45g each) and shape them into long rolls (Pic 2).
- Take two rolls and form a twisted rope like shown in step wise pic 3.
- Then form this twisted rope into 15 cm ring by pressing and sealing the ends together (Pic 4).
- Dissolve the molasses in 1/2 cup water.
- Dip each ring in Jaggery or Molasses water first, then in the sesame seeds.
- Set aside for 20 minutes for second rise. simit needs to plumb up little (Pic 5).
- Bake them in 450° F pre-heated oven for 20-25 min or until brown.
- The bread does not have much sugar also if you feel hard to dip it in molasses you can brush it all over and either dip or sprinkle sesame seeds.
- Also You can add 2 tbsp of butter in the final dough knead.