#SRC: ka3ek bel semsem

This month for Secret Recipe Club, I have been assigned to chef in disguise, Sawsan blog. And I am glad I was. I was already following Sawsan on instagram, but I have to admit I had barely ever visited her blog. And it was a huge mistake. Sawsan blog is amazing!

Sawsan is a great photographer and presents a wide range of very enticing and authentic dishes from the Middle Eastern tradition. I loved her baked goods section, particularly the breads. And I had a really hard time settling on one, I finally let BF decide and he chose ka3ek bel semsem.

Ka3ek bel semsem 1

I followed Sawsan directions and the bread turned out soft, chewy, toasty and generally delicious.

And check out how flaky the dough is! I love it.

Ka3ek bel semsem 2

#SRC: Ka3ek bel semsem


  • 1 1/2 cup AP flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp activated dry yeast
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 egg
  • Topping:
  • 1/2 egg
  • sesame


  1. In a bowl, mix all the dry ingredients.
  2. Warm up the milk for 30 seconds in the microwave.
  3. Add the egg and the milk to the dry ingredients and mix them starting with a fork and then kneading until the dough is smooth and only slightly sticky. If needed add a couple of spoons of flour.
  4. Form in ball and let raise until doubled (in the cold it took about 18 hours for me - if you want to cut time increase the yeast, but the dough will be heavier and you will taste the yeast).
  5. Divide into 2 parts for regular sized rings or 4 smaller ones for dinner rolls sized ones. Roll out each part into a thin rectangle and then roll it up along the long side. Form in a ring.
  6. Dip the rings beaten egg and then in sesame seeds. Let rest while the oven warms up.
  7. Turn on the oven at 550F. When the oven is warm, bake the rolls until golden brown.

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19 Responses to #SRC: ka3ek bel semsem

  1. Ma che meraviglia! Solo che per realizzarli prima dovrò convertire le tazze in grammi, con le tazze non mi trovo molto bene. Tanti auguri per un Felice 2014!

  2. Your bread turned out perfect! It looks beautiful and I’m sure it tasted incredible. I love homemade bread.

  3. Katrina says:

    That looks so good and festive! Happy Holidays!

  4. Trisha says:

    What a exotic name and the bread looks absolutely fabulous. Great pick!

  5. The bread looks amazing. I don’t eat much bread anymore, so I’m very teased by this.

  6. After seeing that beautiful bread on IG and your blog, now I am curious to go and look at the blog you got it from!

  7. What a fun pick! I love all the neat dishes in this month’s reveal… so many new recipes to add to my must-make list, including this one! I’m such a sucker for sesame seeds. 🙂

  8. These look fabulous Pola! Excellent choice for SRC!!

  9. this bread looks fabulous! great job.

  10. This looks delicious- great SRC pick!

  11. Lesa @ Edesia's Notebook says:

    I have no idea how you pronounce a word that has a number in it, but however you say it, it looks delicious! Great choice!

  12. sara says:

    So pretty! I really like the look of these. 🙂

  13. Hello Pola
    Thank you so much for your kind words 🙂 I am really glad you enjoyed my ka3ek bel semsem , it is one of my favorite breads, to make and yours look great!

  14. The texture looks so beautiful and I can just taste it now, warm from the oven with a dollop of butter on top!

  15. That bread looks fantastic!

  16. Jess says:

    I love discovering so many new dishes through SRC, and these look fantastic. The texture inside looks great, and they almost look pretzel-like on the outside. What a fun recipe!

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