- In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix sugar, yeast, 4 cups flour and salt.
- Add in warm water and vegetable oil. Mix using the dough hook until the dough comes together and is a bit sticky. If the dough is not coming together, add 2-3 tablespoons flour.
- Knead the dough using the dough hook for about 8 minutes until it's no longer sticky. Cover and let it rise for 1.5 hours until it doubles in size.
- Toast the sesame seeds in a pan.
- Mix the molasses with ½ cup water.
- After 1.5 hours, punch the dough down and divide it into 12 to 16 pieces (depending how big you want it). Roll out 2 pieces into each and lay them parallel to each other.
- Roll the tubes in opposite directions to make a twist. Meet the ends and pinch them together to make a ring. Repeat with the remaining dough.
- Dip each ring in molasses and water mixture then in sesame seeds and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Cover loosely and let it rise for another 20 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.
- Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes until the simits are brown and fully cooked.
MAKING MOLASSES SUBSTITUTE
- ½ cup dark brown sugar
- 3 tablespoon water
- In a saucepan, add the dark brown sugar, water, and mix well. Cook over medium heat until the syrup is thicker in texture. The texture should be as thick as honey.
- Let the syrup cool; it will get thicker is it cools.
- Add three tablespoon water to the dark brown sugar syrup and dip the simit in it and then in the toasted sesame seeds.