Simit is an indispensable pastry of Turkish people. It’s similar to bagel but it has sesame seeds and grape molasses unlike bagel. We can eat it at any time. It may become a habbit for us to buy some simits on the way to work in the early morning and to share them with our colleagues. So we start our day at work with great energy thanks to a simit and a glass of tea.
We can say that simit is the first and the most popular fast food in Turkey. There are several vendors selling simit on almost all the corners of city center. If a person is in city center and feels hungry, he buys a simit no matter what time of the day it is. I took this picture on a street of Eskisehir. The vendor didn’t want to be in the photo, so I took the pigeons instead. I know they are like customers rather than a vendor, but were so cute.
Or some vendors even pass by your neighborhood with a tray full of simits on their head. Yes, you’ve read it right, on their heads! I don’t understand how they don’t lose their foot, they walk very well on the contrary. Moreover, they sing out “Simitçiiiiiii!”. Simitçi is himself, meaning the person who sells simit. And by singing it out, it informs people at their homes that he’s passing, so if one wants to buy it, he goes out and and buy simit.
Generally people prefer drinking tea with it, but some people may prefer ayran as well. And of course some cheese will be the best pair for simit. Yet, some people love spreading chocolate on it just like hubby.
We generally buy simit from pastries as we can not make the same at home. I don’t know exactly why, but all bakers agree on that, maybe it’s because of the high heat at bakeries. We make just similar pastries at home.
If you want to try it (or something very similar to it), follow the recipe:
• 1kg flour
• 42gr yeast
• 15gr salt (1 ½ tbsp)
• 1 tsp sugar
• 2 cups warm water
• 1 cup water
• 3 tbsp grape molasses
• Sesame seeds
Melt the yeast and sugar in a glass of warm water and wait it 2 hours. Put the flour in a tray and when it rises well, pour it in the center of the flour and add salt in it.
Preheat the oven to 200 C (392F).
Mix 1 glass of warm water with 2 tbsp grape molasses. And pour it into the flour mixture little by little. Knead it well until it loses its stickiness.
Mix 1 cup of water with 1 tbsp grape molasses.
Saute the sesame seeds 10 or 15 minutes until brown. Do not overcook them, it changes their taste. And put them on a plate.
Pick a piece of dough and shape it in your hands. It must have a circular shape. First dip it into the grape molasses and water mixture then roll it into sesame seeds.
Oil the oven tray and place all the simits in it with some spaces between each.
Bake them over 200C for 30 minutes and serve them hot with a glass of tea or ayran.