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Politiko Simiti - Greek Bagels

 

Preparing: 30 min                                     First rise: 2 hours            Second rise: overnight or 2 hours
Bake time: 15-20 minutes
Ingredients Method
20 g fresh yeast or 6 g dried yeast
100 ml milk

Pour the warm milk over the yeastDissolve the yeast

Heat the milk until warm and pour over the yeast to dissolve them. Set aside.
650 g strong bread flour
30 g sugar
8 g salt
1 large egg
30 ml olive oil
220 ml lukewarm water
Add the flourAdd the saltAdd the yeast mixtureAdd the eggAdd olive oilAdd the water
Pour the flour, sugar, salt into a bowl of the stand mixer equipped with a paddle attachment. Then add the egg, dissolved yeast, olive and water. 
Shaggy DoughSoft dough
Mix at low speed to get a shaggy dough. Replace the paddle attachment by the dough hook and knead until you get a soft springy pliable dough. It will take 10-15 minutes. 
Knead the doughSpringy doughSpringy dough

Transfer the dough on the worktop and knead for 2 minutes.

Place the dough in the the bowl and cover with cling film Place the dough in the oiled bowl, cover with cling film and let rise for 2 hours or until doubles in size.
fermented dough after 2 hoursKnead to remove air bubbles
Transfer the dough on the worktop and knead for 5 minutes, try to get rid of air bubbles. 
Divide the dough into 16 equal piecesRoll each piece to form 50 cm rope
Divide the dough into 16 equal pieces. Roll each piece to form 50 cm rope.
Make two strandsBraid the strandsSeal two ends and make a ring
Make two strands, braid them and then form a ring. Press the edges together and seal them.
Place each ring on a baking trayCover loosely with foil
Place the braided rings on the baking tray lined with baking paper. Cover loosely with foil and keep in the fridge overnight. The next day, 2 hours before baking, remove Simiti from the fridge. They need to rise and double in size.
Please note: If you want to bake Simiti the same day, let them rise for 30-60 minutes until double in size, covered loosely with foil on the worktop in a warm place. 
200 g sesame seeds
sesame seeds in a frying panTransfer toasted seeds on baking paper or on a plate
In the meantime, in a frying pan toast the sesame seeds over medium heat, stir them constantly to avoid burning, until golden brown, then transfer on the sheet of baking paper or a plate and cool.
Petimezi
120 ml water
3 tbsp grape-molasses (I used cane sugar molasses)
MolassesCombine molasses with the water and stir
 
Dissolve the molasses in the water. Preheat the oven to 200ºC.
Dip each bagel in petimeziCover each bagel in sesame seeds
Take each bagel – be careful not to deflate it - dip in the petimezi and coat with the sesame seeds. 
Politiko Simiti coated with the sesame seedsPolitiko Simiti Polly Eats London
Return it to the baking tray. Pop the coated Politiko Simiti into the oven and bake about 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and transfer on a wire rack. Cool before you serve. Serve with feta and olives or on breakfast with jam and a cup of coffee.

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