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List of Ingredients



3 cups plain flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

7g instant yeast

3 tablespoons Cypressa extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 cup – 1 ½ cup warm water



250g Cypressa Sesame Seeds

4 tablespoons Pekmez / Molasses / Treacle



Makes 6 Simit bread
Simit is a traditional Turkish bread – almost like a bagel
Oven Temp: 180°C Fan
2 baking trays lined



  1. Mix the plain flour, salt, sugar and yeast.

  2. Add the Extra virgin olive oil and mix in until the mix resembles breadcrumbs.

  3. Add the water a little at a time until a firm dough is formed.

  4. Take the dough out onto the work top and knead for about 5 – 7 minutes until elastic - add a little flour in case the dough sticks – but avoid over flouring.

  5. Form a ball, and place into a bowl. Cover and leave until doubled in size – about an hour.

  6. When ready to form, turn the oven on to preheat at 180°C. Then portion the dough into 6 equal balls.

  7. In a flat tray, mix the pekmez (or molasses or treacle – which ever you have) with 1 cup of water.

  8. In a plate pour in half of the sesame seeds.

  9. Take one ball at a time and roll it into a long rope – about 50cm. Fold it in half in the middle and twist it. Form it into a ring and press the two ends to close.

  10. Dip the dough ring into the diluted pekmez and then into the sesame seeds. Turn over to coat both sides. Add more sesame seeds as you start using them up.

  11. Place the formed simit ring onto a baking tray.

  12. Do the same to the remaining 5 dough balls, placing 3 simit rings per tray. Leaving enough space in between as they will expand.

  13. Cover both trays and leave to doubled in size again – about an hour.

  14. Bake in the preheated oven for 22 – 25 minutes.

  15. Serve warm or slice in half and fill with your favorite filling.