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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. 
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Resting time1 hr 50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Turkish
Servings: 8
Calories: 464kcal


  • 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


  • 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. 



  • Storage: Place the leftover simits in a plastic bag and tie a knot to make sure it's not in contact with air. You can also wrap them in a cloth and place them in a bread box. Simit usually lasts for about 2-3 days, however I prefer to have it fresh. You can also reheat leftover simit in the oven right before serving. You can also freeze them for several months. 
  • If molasses is not available, use honey instead. 
  • If you own a stand mixer, definitely use it for this recipe. However, if you don't own one, simply use a large bowl and a wooden spoon (and later your hands) to make simit. Both approaches work for this traditional Turkish bread recipe. 


Calories: 464kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 227mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 285mg | Iron: 7mg