History of Turkish Simit
The interesting fact is that the history of Turkish simit had begun in Russia. After the revolution in the Russian Empire (In the early 20th century) the immigrants from Russia had opened the same bagel shop as they had in Odessa. And first simits was exactly traditional Russian bagels that is a sweet dough sprinkled with poppy seeds. But later on, the poppy seeds were switched with sesame seeds, and it wasn’t sprinkled it was dipped in seeds for more aroma and pleasant crunch.
In a short time, simit became extremely popular. The secret of simit is not only in its taste but also that it is a quite cheap and easy snack. They are good with tea and coffee, equally loved by children and adults, workers and businessmen. So very soon one shop was not enough anymore, moreover, the “wave” of simit has spread all over Istanbul by bagel sellers – Simitci.
The process of baking simits is fascinating. Twisted and the twirled dough is dipped into grape molasses then into sesame seeds and baked until golden brown. It has a super crunchy crust and it is super soft and airy inside.