Pasteli

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About This Recipe

This recipe appears in: Pasteli, Or That Sesame Seed Candy I Hated As a Kid

Ingredients

  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Procedures

  1. 1

    In a large skillet over low heat, lightly toast the sesame seeds until fragrant (about 2 - 3 minutes).

  2. 2

    Heat the honey and salt in a saucepan over low heat. When it has thickened (after about 5 minutes), stir in the sesame seeds and bring the the mixture to boil.

  3. 3

    Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Pour the hot mixture onto the parchment and spread it out to a 1/4 inch thickness. Be careful, as it will be very hot.

  4. 4

    Leave the pasteli out on the baking parchment until it comes to room temperature. Once cool, use a sharp knife to cut it into bite size pieces.

  5. 5

    Store in an airtight container, with parchment paper in between each layer of candy. Keep in a cool, dry place.

  6. 6

    Note: Adding some sugar (up to about 1/4 cup) during the cooking process will create a harder, crisper candy. Without the added sugar, the candy stays on the chewier side. This basic pasteli recipe is simple and delicious on its own, but you can add an extra layor of flavor by adding cinnamon, lemon or orange zest, or even ginger.

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