Simit, Turkish braided bagels

This is a step-by-step recipe for traditional Turkish ring-shaped bagels you can make from scratch at home. They are enriched with a crunchy sesame crust and have a soft, fluffy center. Enjoy these flavorful bagels for breakfast or as a satisfying snack on the go.

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Simit, Turkish braided bagels

Recipe by Abrar KhanCourse: Breakfast, Brunch, SnacksCuisine: TurkishDifficulty: Medium


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This is a step-by-step recipe for traditional Turkish ring-shaped bagels you can make from scratch at home.

Table of Contents


  • 20 grams of sugar

  • 7 grams of dry yeast

  • 400 grams of all purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon of salt

  • 100 milliliters of warm water

  • 100 milliliters of lukewarm milk

  • 1 egg, medium size

  • 50 grams of melted butter

  • 100 milliliters of water

  • 1 tablespoon of grape molasses

  • 1 tablespoon of all purpose flour

  • 60 grams of sesame seeds


  • Combine the sugar, yeast, flour and salt in a bowl and mix. Add the warm water, lukewarm milk, egg and melted butter. Knead until a smooth and elastic dough forms.

    Cover and let rise in a warm place for about 50 minutes until it doubles in size.

    Tip: you can use the Kitchen machine or hand mixer with the dough hook attachment for kneading.
    Combined sugar, yeast, flour and salt
  • Once doubled in size, divide the dough into six equal pieces, shape them into balls and let rest for another 10 minutes.
    Dough into six equal pieces
  • When rested, roll each ball into a strand about 50 cm long. Lay two pieces parallel to each other and twist them together in opposite directions to make a rope-like braid. Pinch the two ends together to make a ring.

    Repeat with the remaining strands. You should get three rings in total, each about 15 cm in diameter.
    Dough ball for turkish bagel
  • Combine the water, molasses and flour and mix well. Brush each ring with the prepared molasses mixture and dip it in sesame seeds.
    Cover with a damp cloth and let rise for another 20 minutes.
    Mixed molasses, water and flour
  • Put one simit in the basket and slide it into the Airfryer. Start the device with 190°C 7 minute.
    Bake in three batches.
    Simit in the basket
  • Once done, transfer the simits to a cooling rack and let cool completely before serving.
    Done simits recipe

Nutrition Facts

3 servings per container

Serving Size802g

  • Amount Per ServingCalories802
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 28g 44%
    • Saturated Fat 12g 60%
    • Trans Fat 14g
  • Sodium 574mg 24%
  • Total Carbohydrate 114g 38%
    • Dietary Fiber 7g 29%
    • Sugars 13g
  • Protein 23g 46%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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