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Tasty Acma Turkish Bagels
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5 from 39 votes

Acma | Soft Turkish Bagel Recipe

This recipe is very easy when compared to the bagels and can be made with many different fillings (sweet and savory) or can be kept plain. I decided to go the butter and jam way and filled half with just butter and other half with some mango jam that was in my pantry too long and needed to be used.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Proofing time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 35 minutes
Course: Baking recipes, Breakfast, Snacks, Turkish Recipes
Cuisine: Turkish
Diet: Low Calorie
Servings: 12 rolls
Calories: 109kcal


  • Mixer 
  • bowl
  • Baking tray
  • Oven


For the Acma Dough -

  • All purpose flour to 3 cups
  • ¼ cup Warm milk
  • ¼ cup Warm water
  • ½ teaspoon Active dry years
  • ¼ cup Yogurt
  • 2 teaspoon Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ cup Oil olive oil

For the filling –

  • 4 tablespoon Butter softened
  • 4 tablespoon Jam

For brushing the bagels –

  • 1 teaspoon Butter melted
  • 3 tablespoon Milk
  • Sesame seeds black and white for sprinkling


Making the Acma dough –

  • I made the dough in my stand mixer. Add the warm water, sugar and yeast to a large bowl or to the bowl of your mixer. Let it sit for 10 minutes to activate the yeast. You will see the mixture become frothy in about 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Now add the warm milk, oil, yogurt, salt and the flour to the yeast mixture. Start with 2 ½ cups of flour and begin kneading. We can add more flour if needed. I needed just a sprinkle more of flour to come to the right consistency.
  • Knead the dough until it is soft and elastic. Coat the dough with oil and place in a greased bowl to rise. Cover with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled in volume. It could take anywhere from an hour to hour and a half, depending on how warm the kitchen is.

Shaping the Acma –

  • Once the dough has risen, divide them equally into 12 portions. Roll each portion into a ball.
  • In a greased surface, spread the ball to a rectangle (about 4 inch in length and 2 inch in width).
  • Spread a small amount of softened butter in the center of the rectangle. If using jam, spread a little jam over the butter. I made 6 acmas with just butter and 6 with butter and jam.
  • Fold either sides of the rectangle to the center over the spread and pinch to seal. Now twist the roll and shape into a circle and tuck the ends to close. I referred to this video here to help me shape.
  • Lay the shaped acmas on a parchment lined baking tray.
  • Cover them loosely with a kitchen cloth and let it rise again for about 45 minutes or until slightly puffed up.

Baking the Acma –

  • Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  • Combine the milk and melted butter in a small bowl and brush it over the risen dough.
  • Sprinkle with black and white sesame seeds.
  • Bake at 400 F for about 20 minutes. Keep an eye on the bread as you don’t want to burn the bottom. If the bottom seems to be browning too quickly, double the baking tray to provide a layer of insulation.
  • Cool on a rack and enjoy Acma as breakfast or a snack.


Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 142mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 143IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg