Simit

Simit are delicate, crumbly and slightly sweet. They’re a little like an English tea biscuit. I like mine with coffee or tea and my Grandma likes hers with string cheese.

You’ll need a dark non-stick sheet tray for this recipe. They stick to regular pans and don’t brown as well on the bottom.

3 eggs + 1 egg for brushing the top

1 cup  melted, clarified butter

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup milk

2 tsp. baking powder

5 1/2 cups sifted flour

sesame seeds for the top

Beat the 3 eggs in a mixer. Add the butter, sugar and milk and beat well at medium speed for a couple minutes. Add the baking powder and beat until it’s completely blended in. Remove the bowl from the mixer stand and get a spatula. Sift, THEN measure the flour. Fold the flour into the mixture gradually. Knead lightly until it just comes together into a dough.

Make a ball the size of a key lime. Roll each ball into a long worm-shaped strip. Now curve it around to make a horseshoe shape. Braid the two sides together, leaving a loop at the top. Transfer to the sheet pan.

Brush with egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake in the 350 F oven for 18-20 minutes or until golden. Makes approximately 40 simit.

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5 Responses to “Simit”

  1. n Says:

    Hello
    is it baking soda or baking powder? The Ingredients ssay it’s baking powder but your instructions said bakin soda.

    Thanks!

  2. lisapotato Says:

    Hi n,
    It’s baking POWDER. Sorry for the confusion! I have corrected the post. Thanks for pointing it out!
    –Lisa

  3. Chris at Hye Thyme Cafe Says:

    Hmmmm, again no black seeds? 😦 I think that’s what lends a lot of flavor to Choreg and Simit. I wonder if somewhere down the line there was someone in your family who couldn’t digest them? I especially love seeing this post because it seems like every time I see a recipe for Simit, it’s more like a bagel. These are one of our favorites, but for some reason, I only think to make them around the holidays.

    • lisapotato Says:

      Well, I actually don’t use any seeds at all anymore because my Dad can’t have them.
      When you say “black seeds” do you mean caraway seeds? Yes, those have a really good flavor and I do enjoy them. I could always make 1/2 the batch with and 1/2 without.

      • Chris at Hye Thyme Cafe Says:

        That’s a whole other topic! Seems to depend on where you live. I used to get the seeds at an Armenian bakery when I lived in MA, and that’s how they were labeled. I knew them by sight and smell. After moving to NY, I never saw them and didn’t know what they were called to ask. My sister uses black sesame seeds. They’re somewhat similar, but not quite right. I then read that they are black caraway, so I bought those, and they were completely wrong! Then I saw elsewhere that they are Nigella Sativa. I just had a friend in from Boston, and she brought me some from the bakery – they’re labelled just plain Nigella now. That’s what my sister does – her hubby can’t digest them all the time, so she’ll usually do some without for him. 🙂

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