Simit (Turkish Pretzels)

Simit Recipe: A Delicious Turkish Pretzel


Simit is a popular Turkish pretzel that's crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, covered in sesame seeds. This pastry is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or as a snack any time of the day. This pastry is also popular during Ramadan when it's served for iftar, the meal that breaks the fast. This dish is easy to make and can be customized to suit your taste. So, if you're looking for a delicious pretzel that's perfect for any occasion, Simit is definitely worth a try!

Simit (Turkish Pretzels)


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs, 1 of them for egg wash
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds


In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast. Add the warm water, warm milk, and vegetable oil to the dry ingredients. Mix until a smooth dough forms. Cover the dough with a clean cloth and let it rest for 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Divide the dough into small balls, approximately 2 inches in diameter. Roll each ball into a long, thin rope, approximately 18 inches in length. Twist the rope into a pretzel shape and seal the ends together. Dip each pretzel in the beaten egg and then in the sesame seeds, making sure to cover both sides. Place the pretzels on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake the pretzels for 25-30 minutes or until they are golden brown.

Additional Information

Simit is a popular pretzel in Turkish cuisine, and there are many different variations of the dish. The pastry is often served with Turkish tea and is a staple in Turkish breakfasts. Simit can also be found in bakeries throughout Turkey and is often sold as a street food. This pretzel is versatile and can be eaten plain or filled with various sweet or savory fillings. Some popular fillings include Nutella, cream cheese, or honey.

Simit (Turkish Pretzels)

Questions and Answers

Q: Can I make these pretzels ahead of time? 
A: Yes, you can make the dough and shape the pretzels ahead of time and refrigerate them overnight. Let the pretzels come to room temperature before baking them. 

Q: Can I use a different type of seeds? 
A: Yes, you can use poppy seeds, black sesame seeds, or a combination of different seeds. 

Q: Can I make mini versions of these pretzels? 
A: Yes, you can make smaller versions of the pretzel for a bite-sized snack or appetizer. 

Q: Can I add more sugar to the dough for a sweeter taste?
A: Yes, you can add more sugar to the dough to suit your taste.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy making and eating this delicious Turkish pretzel!

Also read: Delicious Turkish recipes

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