8:16 PM

Mhmmm... can you smell this already? Or can you taste it in your mouth? 

I don't know how you feel about this, but as soon as I hear French toast, I start to dance and make snow angels in a dust of cinnamon... rich cinnamon. And ohhh, how sweet the maple syrup is we pour above. Sticky, maybe a bit smokey - I'm all in. 

I looooove French toast. Funnily, I seldom make them - I rather let restaurants cook them for me. Sometimes, when I have two or three slices of bread leftover, I feel too lazy making some French toast, because I know I won't make it as perfect as I imagine it to be. I want a luxury experience - no standard that stimulates for 5 minutes. I want my mouth to go crazy right now and the whole morning, making it THE experience. 

When I walked through my favorite Turkish neighborhood in my city, I needed to stop at one of the many Turkish bakeries. I stood inside, staring at all kinds of baked goods: acmas, baklava, and sexy simits. Oh, simits are a dream coming true... looking at these babies, I knew they were the right candidates to create THE French toast experience I was secretly dreaming of. 

A Turkish bagel that is super soft, made out of yeast, having a slightly sweet flavor coming from grape syrup and to finish off sesame - the nutty and crunchy element the ring of dough needs. 

Now let's dream one more time: yeasty dough, pekmez (grape-ish syrup), sesame, and then a big splash of cinnamon, maybe a pinch of cloves or cardamom, and the perfect maple syrup to finish off. This is the comfort food I am bathing in right now. Something I can enjoy on a lazy Sunday to get a sense of normality and feel good vibes. 

Let's dive in. 

Simit French Toast

YOU NEED 2 simits + 1/4 cup dairy free milk + 2 eggs + 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar + 1/4 teaspoon cardamom + a pinch of salt + maple syrup for serving 

1. In a large bowl whisk the milk, eggs, cardamom, and salt.

2. Meanwhile, also prepare a large non-stick skillet to medium heat and cut the simits into halves. 

3. Dip each simit half into the spiced egg mixture until each ring is coated beautifully - a few seconds are totally enough. 

4. Time to create sexiness. Put the drenched simit in your pan or skillet and cook each side of the sesame ring until brown. Once you smell the sesame's special scent, you know your simit is ready. 

5. Once both sides are perfectlly cooked and not burned, it's time to get the ring out on a plate and continue doing the same procedure with the second ring! 

6. Serve while hot and drizzle with plenty of maple syrup. 

Sorry for making you hungry right now, but you have no idea how hard it is to write posts like this while getting hungry myself and sweeping in memories. 

I'm so glad that my hometown is always giving me the perfect inspiration to create new things or at least upgrade a classic that has never been made like this before. I love Turkish baking goods and I am so happy about simits and their existence. 

I mean... bagels are a dream. But have you ever tried simit? 

Again. Imagine the flavors coming together here. Cinnamon, a little spice, a little sweetness, a little nutty vibe and you will be totally mind-blown. 

This is it, you guys... 

Have fun making this recipe! 

If you don't have simit in your city, try it with an usual sesame bagel... it's the closest to a simit, I guess. (even though the texture is different!). I hope I could make you smile and hungry today with this post! Let's eat more French toast - deal? 

*Boys and girls, write down the new vocabulary you have learned today: simit — Turkish bagel.