Simit: Turkish sesame seed ring bread – I made mine round hoping they’d be fluffier inside. They are typically made in rings like a round pretzel. LOL they should have been rings, but I wanted something more traditional looking for dinner that night so just made plain old rolls out of the dough.
3.5 cups Bread Flour (or use unbleached all purpose flour)
- **If using active dry yeast, then dissolve yeast in 3 1/2 ounces warm water and let it stand for 3-5 minutes.
- 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 minutes.
- Divide it into 12 pieces and shape them into long rolls.
- Take two rolls and form a twisted rope like this.
- Then form this twisted rope into 15 cm ring by pressing and sealing the ends together.
- Dissolve the molasses in 1/2 cup water.
- Dip each ring in molasses water first, then in the sesame seeds.
- Set aside for 20 minutes for a second rising – it needs to plumb up a little.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Bake them for 20-25 minutes or until golden.