Turkish Simit is a bread ring that resembles a bagel but is baked without the addition of boiling. Simit rings are traditionally dipped in grape molasses and covered in sesame seeds or poppy seeds. This Turkish Simit is dipped in Brine’s Fine Honeys’ Buckwheat Honey, which provides a rich, malty sweetness that will keep the robust flavor profile of Simit in one’s thoughts all day long.
Note: Simit rings can be frozen in a freezer bag for 1-2 months and taken out and warmed up for a Turkish breakfast or any delicious meal.
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- ½ cup lukewarm water (approximately 110-115° F)
- 3 teaspoon dried yeast
- 4 - 4¼ cups all-purpose flour (plus additional for rolling out)
- 1½ teaspoon salt
- Canola or vegetable oil
- ½ cup Brine’s Buckwheat Honey
- ½ cup water
- 1 cup sesame seeds
- 1 cup poppy seeds
- Add the lukewarm water to a mixing bowl, followed by the sugar and the yeast. Give the mixture a quick mix and let sit for 5-10 minutes until the mixture is foamy.
- Combine 4 cups of the flour and the salt in separate bowl and whisk together. Set aside the remaining ¼ cup of flour.
- Once the yeast has foamed, add in the flour mixture. Either by hand or by using a dough hook on lower speed, knead the dough for 7-8 minutes, until the dough comes together and becomes smooth. If the dough looks too wet after 6 minutes, add in the remaining flour, but you may not need to.
- Place the dough into a new bowl that has been coated with canola or vegetable oil. Turn the dough to coat with the oil. Cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 425° F.
- On a floured surface, turn out the risen dough and cut into 6 pieces.
- Roll out each piece to roughly 12-15 inches long. Fold in half, twisting the two pieces around each other and then join the two pieces to form a circle. Tuck the two ends in together to join.
- Once the simit rings are complete, mix the Brine’s Buckwheat Honey with the water until the honey dissolves. Dip each ring into the mixture and coat completely.
- Once each simit is dipped, toss in a bowl of your preferred topping (sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or a combination of the two).
- Place the simit rings on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover with a towel and let rise for 20 minutes.
- Bake the simit rings for 15-20 minutes. They should sound hollow when tapped and bake to a golden brown color. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.