Street Foods: Simit bread
Yield: 6-8 servings
1/2 cup sesame seeds
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons water
5 tablespoons milk
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup olive oil
1 egg, lightly beaten
Method of preparation
1. Toast sesame seeds in a dry frying pan over low heat until golden and fragrant. Keep a close eye as they change color very quickly.
2. Combine flour, yeast, and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the flour mixture and add water, milk, melted butter, and olive oil; stir well until dough pulls together. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about eight minutes.
3. Place dough in a large, lightly oiled bowl and turn to coat. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, 30 minutes to one hour.
4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
5. Divide dough in to eight parts and roll each part into a six to eight inch long rope. Join ends together and seal to form a ring. Place rings on prepared baking sheet, cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise for 15 minutes.
6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush rings with beaten egg and sprinkle generously with toasted sesame seeds.
7. Bake in the preheated oven until golden and crusty, about 20 minutes.