Sesame rings

Sesame rings

Kandİl sİmİt

By
From
Turkish Fire
Makes
12
Photographer
Alicia Taylor

Five holy nights each year, the mosques throughout Turkey are all lit up brightly and special prayers are made. Each of these holy evenings are known as Kandil (meaning ‘candle’). For these special religious celebrations, you buy or make these little babies to share with your loved ones.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 free-range egg yolk, lightly beaten, for brushing
50g sesame seeds, for sprinkling
250g unsalted butter, at room temperature
60ml milk
60ml olive oil
1 tablespoon mahlab, (see note)
2 tablespoons caster sugar
pinch sea salt
300g plain flour

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Set aside the egg yolk and sesame seeds. Put all the other ingredients in a large bowl and mix together to make a dough (using your hands is easiest). Allow to rest for about 10–15 minutes.
  3. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces, then roll each piece into a cigar, about 10 cm long, and 2.5 cm in diameter. Form each cigar into a circle by joining the two ends and pinching them together, making a bagel shape. Brush each circle with the egg yolk and sprinkle with the sesame seeds.
  4. Place on a baking tray and bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Enjoy warm, fresh from the oven.

Note

  • Mahlab (also labelled mahaleb, mahlep, mahleb or St Lucie kernels) is a fragrant spice powder ground from the small seeds inside the pits of the wild, sour mahaleb cherry. You’ll find it in spice emporiums and Middle Eastern grocery stores.
Tags:
Turkish
Fire
Sevtap
Yuce
Turkey
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