Greek Sesame Honey Candy (Pasteli)

Greek Sesame Honey Candy (Pasteli)

Something of an ancient Greek version of a power bar, pasteli has been made with the same two ingredients for millennia: honey and sesame seeds.
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  • Serves: 20 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Bring the honey and lemon peel (if using) to a boil in a saucepan. Add the sesame seeds, stirring continuously. Continue to cook while stirring to mix completely and thoroughly.
  3. Step 3

    When the seeds are fully mixed in and the mixture has boiled again, remove the pan from the heat. Remove the lemon peel and discard it.
  4. Step 4

    Place a piece of baking parchment on a cool work surface and spread out the hot mixture thinly and evenly (about 1/4-inch deep).
  5. Step 5

    Cool the pasteli to room temperature before refrigerating it on the parchment paper (it doesn't need to be covered). Chill for at least 2 to 3 hours.
  6. Step 6

    Using kitchen shears , cut the pasteli together with parchment paper into small pieces, and serve.
  7. Step 7

    Peel off the parchment paper to eat. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. You can enjoy pasteli as a natural energy bar. Sesame seeds are high in protein, but also contain healthy oils and antioxidants. If you've become dependent on store-bought energy bars, these will have no additives, and you can ensure they are gluten free if that is a concern. One variation you might try is adding some crushed nuts to the mixture, such as pistachios. Or lightly toast some of the sesame seeds to add a roasted flavor.