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How to Enjoy Simit
Simit is Turkey’s iconic street food. It has been enjoyed by millions since the Ottoman empire. According to ‘’A History of eating on Trails and in the Wild’’ by Demet Guzey, there was a Turk named Evliya Celebi, who traveled through the Ottoman territory, as well as, surrounding neighboring lands over a time frame of forty years. He recorded the characteristics of simit in his journal and described simit in two different categories. One called hurda, meaning scrap simit, and the other was described as being big as a wheel.
Today’s most enjoyed simit is a circular bagel-like bread that is dipped in a thick and gooey fruit molasses syrup called pekmez, then it is heavily coated with toasted sesame seeds, and lastly, it is baked until golden brown and crispy. When you bite into this delicious treat, it is chewy like a bagel yet it is perfectly soft in the middle.
Simit is usually enjoyed plain during breakfast, or it can be eaten with crumbly chunks of feta cheese alongside freshly sliced tomatoes or it can be split down the center creating two pieces to be used as a sandwich. It is also traditional to eat simit with sucuk pronounced (su-juk); a Turkish spicy sausage made from dried cured beef or lamb. One thing is for sure when enjoying simit, it is best eaten with hot Turkish black tea, and of course, company.
You can find simit practically anywhere in Turkey. They can be sold by vendors using mobile carts in crowded street bazaars, or men carry a tray full of simit on their head, it is purchased during heavy traffic hours in the middle of the highway, and it is sold at practically every bakery store. Whether you live in Izmir or Istanbul, Simit can be found and enjoyed in many places.
How to Bake Turkitch Simit
PREHEAT the oven to 375 °F.
REMOVE the simit from the package and place each simit bagel onto a flat baking sheet.
PLACE the tray(s) in the oven and bake for 5 minutes or until it is golden brown.
REMOVE the tray(s) from the oven and place it on a cooling rack for 15 minutes before serving.
ANY LEFTOVERS? When completely cool, store in an airtight container for 2-3 days.