Turkish Simit (Sesame Bread Rings) Recipe – Turkey Special

Turkish simit is a delicious sesame crusted bread that you can have for breakfast. Learn how to make traditional simit recipe at home with this step-by-step tutorial.

  • Prep Time45 min
  • Cook Time15 min
  • Perform Time1 hr 50 min
  • Total Time2 hr 50 min

Turkish Simit (Sesame Bread Rings) Ingredients :

  • 2 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 4 cups all purpose flour plus 2-3 tablespoon more if needed
  • 1 ½ cup warm water
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup grape molasses
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 ½ cup sesame seeds toasted

How to Make Turkish Simit (Sesame Bread Rings)


In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix sugar, yeast, 4 cups flour and salt.


Add in warm water and vegetable oil. Mix using the dough hook until the dough comes together and is a bit sticky. If the dough is not coming together, add 2-3 tablespoons all purpose flour.


Knead the dough using the dough hook for about 8 minutes until it’s no longer sticky. Cover and let it rise for 1.5 hours until it doubles in size.


Meanwhile, toast the sesame seeds in a pan. And mix the molasses with ½ cup water.


After 1.5 hours, punch the dough down and divide it into 16 pieces. Roll out 2 pieces into 25 inch tubes each and lay them parallel to each other.


Roll the tubes in opposite directions to make a twist. Meet the ends and pinch them together to make a ring. Repeat with the remaining 14 pieces to make 7 more rings.


Dip each ring in molasses and water mixture then in sesame seeds and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.


Cover loosely and let it rise for another 20 minutes.


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.


Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes until the simits are brown and fully cooked.