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Turkish Simit Recipe (Step-by-Step Tutorial)

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. 

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Mediterranean, Turkish
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting time 1 hour 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Calories 300 kcal
Author Shadi HasanzadeNemati


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


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

  2. 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. 

  3. 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. 

  4. Meanwhile, toast the sesame seeds in a pan. And mix the molasses with 1/2 cup water. 

  5. 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.  

  6. 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. 

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

  8. Cover loosely and let it rise for another 20 minutes. 

  9. Preheat the oven to 400F. 

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