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Sesame Bagels {Gevrek}

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WW Freestyle: 10
Prep Time2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time3 hrs
Gevrek, similar to a soft pretzel, or even a bagel, is a chewy, yet soft bread-product, shaped into a ring, dipped in honey and water, topped with sesame seeds and baked.
Servings: 16
Calories: 294

Ingredients

Gevrek

  • teaspoons active dry yeast
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup lukewarm water

Topping

  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sesame seeds

Instructions 

  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together yeast, sugar and warm water; let stand 10 minutes, or until frothy.
  • Add flour, salt, and 1 cup water to yeast mixture.
  • Mix until combined. You may need to mix with your hands.
  • Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead for 15 minutes by hand, or 10 minutes by heavy-duty mixer, until the dough is very smooth.
  • Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and kitchen towel; let stand for 2 hours.
  • Place dough on a lightly floured work surface and knead it for 5 minutes.
  • Roll the dough into a log and cut it into equal pieces.
  • Form each piece into a ball and let rest under a towel for 30 minutes.
  • Roll each ball into a 10-inch long rope.
  • Form the rope into a ring, pressing the overlapping ends together to seal.
  • Place on a greased baking sheet and let rest 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 450.
  • In a medium size mixing bowl whisk together honey and 1 cup of water.
  • Put the sesame seeds on a flat plate.
  • Dip each ring of Gevrek in honey-water first, then in the sesame seeds, completely coating the Gevrek with the sesame seeds on all sides.
  • Continue with the rest of the dough and transfer them all back to the baking sheet; let rest 30 minutes.
  • Take each ring and rotate it gently through your hands, enlarging it into about a 6-inch circle.
  • Place the rings back on the baking sheet and let rest for 15 minutes.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Serve plain or with a side of yogurt.

Notes

Gevrek tastes best fresh out of the oven, but they are still good a couple of days later. Store covered.
 
Nutrition Facts
Sesame Bagels {Gevrek}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 294 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 187mg8%
Potassium 157mg4%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 190mg19%
Iron 4.3mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.