They sit in the same corner as pide and börek and they are also known as Turkish bagels. We’re talking about simit, those round sesame buns you find on every street corner in Turkey. Here too, they are standard in the range at Turkish supermarkets.
But what exactly are they?
Simit: Turkish Bagels
Turkish simit are similar to bagels, but bigger and with bigger holes. They are also a bit different in terms of dough: slightly more compact and with a typical crust full of sesame seeds.
To help the sesame seeds stick to the crust, many Turkish bakers use a mixture of pomegranate or grape molasses and hot water. This gives the simit a delicious sweetness.
The dough itself is often flavored with the crushed seeds of sour cherries (mahlab). A Turkish baker explains to Het Parool that simit’s dough should be ‘as soft as your earlobe’ – you know that too . Although every Turkish city turns out to have its own variants of the sandwiches: some a bit crispier, the other a bit fluffier.
This is why you want to buy simit now
In Turkey, the sandwiches are often eaten with butter, cheese, cream cheese or jam. Fresh simit are actually so tasty that you can eat them right away, without toppings.
In any case, simit are very handy food for those looking for a quick lunch. Because if you are at the Turkish supermarket, you might as well buy some tapenades like baba ganoush, which you can dip the sandwiches in generously. The soft rolls are also a delicious side dish with çilbir (poached egg with garlic yogurt and chili butter).
Of course you can also simply present simit with the rest of a breakfast or brunch (buffet). For example, give them some cheese, eggs, tomatoes, tahini, honey and olives and you’ll have a Mediterranean-inspired brunch on the table in no time.
If you want that as authentic as possible, drink ice-cold ayran : a fresh Turkish yogurt drink.
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