If you’re looking for a tasty and healthy breakfast option, look no further than Turkish bagels, or “simit.” These circular treats are a staple of Turkish cuisine and are enjoyed by people of all ages.
One of the great things about simit is their nutritional value. They are made with simple, wholesome ingredients such as flour, water, yeast, and salt. The sesame seeds that are rolled onto the surface of simit provide a good source of healthy fats and protein. Additionally, simit are typically smaller and thinner than traditional bagels, making them a more portion-controlled option.
In terms of flavor, simit have a distinct nutty taste thanks to the sesame seeds. They can be enjoyed on their own as a snack, or used as a base for a variety of toppings such as cheese, jam, honey, or even sliced meats and vegetables. They are also a popular choice for breakfast, served alongside items such as olives, feta cheese, and eggs.
If you’re traveling to Turkey, be sure to try simit from a local street vendor or baker. You can also find them at specialty food stores or Turkish markets in many cities around the world. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can try making your own simit at home using the following recipe:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- Sesame seeds for rolling
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt.
- In a separate bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water and let it sit for a few minutes until it becomes frothy.
- Add the yeast mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until a smooth dough forms.
- Cover the dough with a cloth and let it rise in a warm place for about an hour, or until it has doubled in size.
- Once the dough has risen, divide it into 8 equal pieces and roll each piece into a long, thin rope.
- Form the ropes into a circular shape and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Brush the simit with a beaten egg and sprinkle sesame seeds over the top.
- Bake the simit in a preheated 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for 15-20 minutes, or until they are golden brown.
Enjoy your homemade simit warm or at room temperature, with your choice of toppings. They are also delicious served with traditional Turkish tea or coffee.