|SIMIT, A GREAT BREAD ROLL|
Before visiting Istanbul, I did some research on the breads that I could get here, and the simit most interested me. I liked the twisted ring shape and heavy sesame seed coating.
I looked up some recipes and made what I imagined simit to be based on pictures I had seen. The dough is a simple one, quite firm, which is rolled out into snakes, twisted, formed into rings, dunked in date syrup and encrusted in sesame seeds before being baked.
What I made tasted all right, but they were not simit. Nothing close to the real thing as I found out when I got here and had my first bite.
So, now that I have fallen in love with authentic Turkish simit, what am I going to do when I get home? :-(