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Homemade pasteli

Posted By Marija Cossi| Comments

I have been in love with this special treat since I was a little girl.
Finally, after longing for a homemade version of pasteli for a long time, I made one!

The preparation is quiet easy and simple, you just need to follow a few steps and success is guaranteed. Also you will  be needing only a couple of basic ingredients and adapt the others to your taste.

A greek pasteli is a "packed sesame candy" that I made with honey in this case and some nuts.
I added almonds and hazelnuts, but you can choose other based on your preferences.
One important thing to keep in mind is that the ratio of sesame/nuts and honey must be 1:1. Even so, I put a little less honey, because it fitted better for me.
Honey needs a lot of heating, so it's not the happiest solution, but it must be done.
And also,  the taste is much better with honey and no sugar. ;)

QUANTITY

12

bars

COMPLEXITY

Intermediate

TIME

25

Minutes

Ingredients

  • 200 g sesame seeds
  • 100 g mixed nuts (almonds and hazelnuts)
  • 280 ml honey 

Toast the sesame seed on an oil free large pan for about 3 minutes, with occasional stirring.
Take them out and do the same with coarsley chopped nuts, for about 2-3 minutes.
You can blend the nuts roughly to ease the process. 

Take the nuts out of the pan, and pour the honey in so it would dissolve a little more in the warm pan.
Don't keep the heat too high or low. Find a golden middle.
Once the honey has dissolved a bit and become more liquid, place the sesame and nuts in and stir breafly to combine the ingredients a bit, then leave it all for about 8-10 minutes like that until the honey has assumed a golden brownish colour and has absorbed into the seeds. 
The honey shouldn't stay too liquid and separated from the rest of the ingredients once you pour them in the tray to cool 

The sesame and the nuts will roast nicely combined with the honey and form an irresistable taste.
If the heat is too strong, lower it and be careful not to burn the whole thing!

Turn the heat off and transfer the mixture on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and even the top with a spatula.
Adjust the thickness to your taste.
You can make relatively "thin" pasteli as store bought or a bit thicker, like me! ;) 

Leave them to cool and harden on room temperature then cut them into individual bars and store in an airtight container. te razrežite 
Place some parchment paper between the bars to prevent it from sticking.
During summer and this heat you can store them in the fridge.
Enjoy!