sesame honey candy [pasteli]
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
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Serves: approximatley 96 candies
A traditional Greek confection, sesame honey candy combines the simplest of ingredients – gently toasted sesame seeds, unrefined sea salt and honey – for natural treat. An alternative to overly sweet candies, sesame honey candy is wholesome but should, like any sweet, be eaten as a rare treat.
  • olive oil, (for greasing the baking sheet)
  • 3 cups hulled sesame seeds
  • 1 cup honey
  • unrefined sea salt , (to taste)
  1. Generously grease a baking sheet with olive oil and set aside.
  2. Heat a well-seasoned cast iron skillet over medium-high flame until it becomes hot to the touch.
  3. Pour three cups sesame seeds into the hot pan and stir them continuously with wooden spoon until they’re well-toasted and golden-brown in color – about four to six minutes.
  4. Stir honey and a generous dash of unrefined sea salt into the toasted sesame seeds until they become well-coated and the mixture stiffens.
  5. Pour the mixture of honey and sesame seeds onto your greased baking sheet and pat down and smooth out the mixture with a wooden spoon.
  6. Score the candy into pieces of ¼-inch by 1-inch and set the pan aside until the candy is cool enough to handle comfortably.
  7. When cool to the touch, but still warm enough to be malleable, grease your fingers with olive oil and roll the pieces of honey candy into small small, round logs.
  8. Allow to cool completely before serving.
Recipe by Nourished Kitchen at