Turkish Crackers- Simit

These are addicting. You’ve been warned.

I’ve been eating these crackers for as long as I can remember. My Grandmother’s friend used to make them and bring them every time she came to visit. I don’t know why it took me so long to try it out on my own.

The dough comes together super fast. The Mahleb is not entirely necessary but if you can find it it really adds that truly Turkish taste.

Turkish Crackers- Simit

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  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp mahleb- ground finely (optional)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 eggs (reserve one yolk for top)
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup yogurt
  • 1 tbsp black nigella seeds
  • Topping:
  • reserved egg yolk mixed with 2 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 3 tbsp black nigella seeds



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, mahleb, and sugar.


Whisk the eggs and add the butter, oil and yogurt.


Add to the dry ingredients and stir until well combined and a soft dough forms.Remove 1 tbsp size pieces of dough and roll into ropes. Form a smile and cross the ends 2x over each other to create the twist. Lay on a parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough.


Brush the tops of the simit with the egg yolk/water mixture and sprinkle with the sesame and nigella.


Bake in oven for ~30 minutes or until golden.

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