"Simitçi Geldiiiiiiii....!! Simitçi Geldiiiiiiii....!!" ... That's the simit seller always comes every morning in my alley. Yes... he sells that popular Turkish style bagel only in morning which he brought fresh from nearest public oven in my area.
People here love to enjoy them in breakfast or brunch time. You can find Simit seller mostly in early morning at streets or any other places in Turkey. And some breakfast cafe provide them while they are hot and fresh from oven in morning only. With hot tea accompany it make this "bagel" very popular as breakfast/ brunch menu in Turkey.
And you can make them at home too for your family, it's easy and economic though.
3 cups flour
1 ¼ cup warm water
active yeast 1 dessert spoon
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tsp salt
1 large egg (or 2 small), room temperature
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
How to make:
In a large bowl mix flour, salt, sugar and instant yeast. Make a hole in middle resembles well, add in egg, oil and warm water. Knead until smooth and not sticky at your fingers. In this stage you might need additional flour or warm water--add it carefully.
Or mix all ingredients in mixer bowl and knead with a mixer until smooth.
Cover the dough with plastic film or kitchen towel and rest in warm room temperature place ( I need about 60 minutes) or until dough fluffy and doubled in volume.
note: resting time it's depending on your room temperature
Flatten the dough and divide into 10 equal parts. Take one part, and again divided into two parts. Shape each piece lengthwise as shown in picture above. Spire them resembles rope and attach both side, shape like donut. Do same procedure until the dough runs out. Cover with a towel and let it rest again ± 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 180 ⁰C. Take those shaped dough, dip in water and roll over in sesame seeds until entire surface covered with sesame.
Place on baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake in oven until reddish golden on surface about 25 ~ 30 minutes.