Simit (Turkish bagel)

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    A ring of delicious Turkish bread, covered in sesame seeds. A great midday snack, or include as part of a packed lunch with cheese, olives and cold meats.

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    Makes: 6 to 8 simits

    • 310g plain flour
    • 5g instant yeast
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 150 to 200ml warm water, as needed
    • 120ml hot water
    • 120ml black treacle or molasses
    • sesame seeds

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:20min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Combine the flour, yeast, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Add water slowly until it forms a smooth, non-sticky dough. Let the dough rest for 20 minutes.
    2. In another bowl mix the hot water and treacle or molasses. Then in a shallow dish, cover the bottom with sesame seeds. Put to one side.
    3. Take walnut sized pieces of the dough and roll in to a rope, then join the ends of the dough together to make a circle. Brush the dough with the water and treacle mixture, then gently put the bagel into the sesame seeds so the dough gets covered. Place the simit rings on a baking tray lined with parchment.
    4. Preheat oven to 220 C / Gas 7 and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, till golden brown.

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