The recipe of the week the “croissant” of the Balkans Gevrek

The recipe of the week the “croissant” of the Balkans Gevrek

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We are going to present to you the “croissant” of the Balkans. This round bread coated with sesame is best enjoyed for breakfast. The recipe is simple, you can make it with your children. The one we present to you was made by Lena, 11 years old!

Ingredients (8 people):

For the dough

500g of flour,

12g dry yeast,

1 half tbsp. salt,

2 cases. powdered sugar,

2 c. to s. vegetable oil,

just under 300ml of warm water.

To brown:

1 egg white mixed with 25gr of melted butter + a good handful of toasted sesame., Or you can use sweet milk instead, for example,

1 half glass of water,

1 case of flour.

To decorate

sesame seeds (you can brown them in a hot pan for 2 or 3 minutes for more flavor).


* First prepare the dough: in a bowl, pour the flour then add in a corner the sugar and yeast, in another the salt and vegetable oil. Pour the warm water little by little while working the dough by hand. We knead for ten minutes, until a homogeneous, malleable and non-sticky dough is obtained. Cover and let stand for about 1 hour, or until the dough doubles in size.


* Prepare the bath in which we will soak the gevrek / simit. * In another dish, pour the sesame.

* Once the dough is ready, divide into 8 to 10 dough pieces of equal size (it depends on the size of gevrek / simit you want). To form the gevrek / simit, there are several techniques, the simplest being to knead each part and gradually lengthen it into a rod and weld the two ends to form a ring.

* Quickly dip each Gevrek / Simit in the liquid mixture and then in the sesame, you must cover with sesame!

* Place on a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake in a very hot oven, preheated to 200 °, for 15 to 20 minutes, until the top is golden brown.

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