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Monday, September 15, 2014

Simit ~ A Turkish Bread : Baking Partners Challenge Sept 2014

This month Baking Partners Challenge was baking Simit.This is a turkish sesame seed circular ring bread.Simit is a famous street bread or the poor man's bread.They are dipped in molasses.Simit is generally served plain with tea for breakfast or with fruit preserves or with cheese.The recipe was suggested by Swathi @ Zesty South Indian Kitchen.My kids loved having with nutella.This has a crispy outer cover with soft bread inside.Do give it a try & enjoy !!

Adapted herevideo
bread flour (or use unbleached all purpose flour) 3.5 cups (325 g)
water 1cup + 2 tablespoon
sugar a pinch
instant yeast (use active dry yeast if you don’t have instant yeast in hand) 2 teaspoon/6g

salt 1.25 tsp /1 ¼ teaspoon /6g

for dipping
molasses (use concentrated  jaggery or brown sugar water) 2 tablespoon
water ½ cup
white sesame seeds 2 cups

- (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.Turn out the dough into a lightly floured surface and punch down.Knead for 2 min.

-Divide it in 12 pieces(about 45 g each) and shape them in long rolls.
-Take two rolls and form a twisted rope like this.
-Then form this twisted rope in a circle by pressing and sealing the edges together.
-Dissolve the molasses in 1/2 cup water and dip each circular ring in this.
-Keep a plate ready with sesame seeds and roll each dipped simit in sesame seeds.
-Set aside for 20 minutes for second rise on a tray with parchment paper.Simit needs to plumb up little.
- Bake them in 450 F pre-heated oven for 20-25 min or until brown.Cool on wire rack and serve warm with tea !!

Serves ~ 6 simit