Simit – A Turkish Bread

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Hello everyone! It’s time for this month’s Baking Partners Challenge. This month challenge was to bake a beautiful bread called Simit. Simit is a round braided ring bread, loaded with sesame seeds; it is soft in and crunchy out. It has a Turkish origin and it is most commonly found in streets of Istanbul and people relish simits for breakfast along with cay (Turkish tea).
Recipe suggested by Swathi Iyer of Zesty South Indian Kitchen
Yields- 2 simits
Ingredients
1 & 3/4 cups of All purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon of Salt
1 teaspoon of Sugar
1 teaspoon of Yeast
1/2 cup + 50ml of Water
2 tablespoons of Molasses/ brown sugar/ jaggery (dissolve them in 1/2 cup of water)
1/4 cup of Sesame seeds

Directions
• Add 1 teaspoon of yeast in 50ml of warm water. Allow it to rest for 3 minutes.
• In a large bowl, add all purpose flour, salt, sugar, yeast and water. Knead it for a good ten minutes to a smooth dough. Cover it and let it sit for 1 & 1/2 hours or until the dough doubles it’s size.
• Punch and knead the dough for couple of minutes and divide the dough in to 4 equal parts.
• Roll 2 equal parts in to a log and lay them parallel to each other. Start twisting them together and glue the ends to form a circle.
• Keep the molasses water and sesame seeds ready.
• Carefully dip the circle dough in molasses water and then coat it with sesame seeds.
• Place them on a baking tray. Repeat the same for the other 2 parts and make another simit.
• Let them sit in the baking tray for 20 mins to swell slightly. Preheat oven to 450 F and transfer the baking tray to it and bake for 20-25 mins or until the bread turns slightly brown.
• Remove it and serve warm with nutella or cream cheese along with tea in the evening.

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