Simit, generally referred to as the "Turkish Donut" in the United States is defined as a circular bread with sesame seeds. This bagel type of bread is commonly found in Turkey and throughout the rest of the Middle East region, with its' characteristics varying by each region within the Middle East of which it is found. Simit as its' name suggests is crunchy, and is said to be at its' best when it is fresh and crunchy. This Middle Eastern bread is light and flaky, baked into a gold color and often formed into rings or even braided sometimes. Simit is often eaten for breakfast with jam, jelly or cheese. In the Middle East simit is referred to as a fast food. In most parts of this region there are simit vendors who either have a simit trolley or carry the stacks of simit on their head.



  • 1 cup cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoons milk plus 1 teaspoon
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • sesame seeds
  • milk for brushing


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour and salt.

Make a depression in the dry ingredients with your fist, making a "hole" in the middle.

Add olive oil, melted butter, water, milk, and egg.

Fold dry ingredients into liquids to form a dough. This may take 10 minutes by hand.

Once you have a dough, tear off pieces of dough, make long, cigar shapes. Bring ends of "cigars" together to make a circle.

Place circle on greased cookie sheet.

Brush with milk. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top. Repeat with remaining dough.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until simit become a golden brown color and crispy on top.