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Monday, November 15, 2010

Simit

It’s November and the weather has finally started to cool down in South Florida. It plunged down to 70 degrees F for a high today; tonight's temperature will be in the mid 50's. Go ahead laugh; for us it’s pretty darn chilly!

Tourists and seasonal residents have finally started to return, which means the holidays are right around the corner, and the arrival of out-of-town guests is inevitable.

For me it means it’s time to start baking again. So I’ll start off with a simple recipe for Simit - a cross between a cookie and a chorag. Whatever you call it, simit is a favorite  when folks drop in unexpectedly for a visit.  Since Simit freezes well, they can be made in advance and can be ready to serve in a jiffy.

Serve with coffee or tea, fresh seasonal fruit or an assortment of dried fruit and cheeses.

Simit
Yield: approximately 3 dozen

1 Tbsp. sugar
1 cup milk
4 cups flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
dash of salt
2 sticks butter

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1 beaten egg
toasted sesame seeds

Directions:
1. In a saucepan, heat the milk and sugar until milk is warm and sugar is dissolved. DO NOT BOIL. Remove from heat and set aside.
2. In a mixing bowl stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or a fork, until the mixture looks crumbly. Stir in the heated milk - sugar mixture; mix to form a dough.
3. Place the dough on a lightly floured work surface until knead until it becomes smooth.
4. Divide the dough into several balls, then roll each ball into a long rope about ½ inch thick.
5. Cut each rope into about 6-inch pieces. Create an “S” shape, or leave straight.
6. Place pieces on ungreased baking sheets. Brush each piece with beaten egg, then sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.
7. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until they are lightly golden brown.
8. Cool on wire racks; store in an airtight container.
 


10 comments:

  1. Your Simit look wonderful. Mom used to make these too. (I always say used to because her arthritis makes her unable to anymore). Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  2. Thanks! and they were so easy to make, too!

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  3. It's called "khalkha"

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  4. Does khalkha means by any chance "ring"?
    perhaps the shape supposed to look like a bagel and sesame topped on it?

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  5. my grandmother makes this kind of simit but instead of rolling ropes, she just rolls the whole thing out flat and cuts it with a pizza cutter into strips, it makes them more crunchy and its easier and quicker for her

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  6. What a great idea! I'll have to try that next time...Thanks for the tip.

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  7. my mom made them and twisted them into open bottomed figure 8's.... two twists tho.... yum! i need to check her recipe to see if its the same as yours... the children always loved these..

    barbara

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  8. Khalka was the name given to this treat in Everek-Feneseh (Kayseri)... the home of basterma. They were little sticks that weren't round like the "simit" pretzels sold on the streets of Bolis. Ours were crumbly and hard.

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    1. Oh my! Yes - Evereg :) That's where my grandparents were born and they did call it khalkha!

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    2. Oh my! Yes - Evereg :) That's where my grandparents were born and they did call it khalkha!

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