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Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.


8 servings

Updated: Oct. 19, 2022
These bread treats come from my Turkish heritage and they are commonly eaten for breakfast. You'll find them sold from street carts, where the rings are hung on racks for display. They are not boiled as regular bagels are, but dipped in molasses and sesame seeds, which gives them a chewy texture similar to the bagels we know and love. — Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
Simits Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 3-3/4 to 4-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds, toasted


  1. In a large bowl, mix 2 cups of flour, yeast, and salt. In a small saucepan, heat milk, butter and oil to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Add egg; beat on high 2 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place dough in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. Punch down dough. Divide and shape into 8 balls. Push thumb through center of each, stretching and shaping to form an even ring with a 2-in. hole. Place on a floured surface. Cover with a kitchen towel; let rest 15 minutes.
  4. In a shallow bowl, whisk warm water and molasses. Place sesame seeds in a separate shallow bowl. Dip bagels in molasses mixture, then roll in seeds to coat.
  5. Place 2 in. apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

Nutrition Facts

1 simit: 406 calories, 19g fat (6g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 319mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 10g protein.

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