October 18th, 2012 | Posted by Monika Topolko in Recipes

Pasteli – Greek Sesame & Honey Candy


These sweet and chewy Greek treats have been haunting me ever since I saw them over at Peter’s blog Souvlaki For The Soul. That was over a year ago, just so you know, and I’ve been craving them ever since.  There was just something so inviting in those perfect little golden bars that I knew I had to make them someday. I honestly don’t know what took me so long.


There’s something disturbingly exciting about a candy that’s so sweet and toothsome, but at the same time so healthy and nutritious. You almost feel like cheating when you eat it. It tastes like it should be bad for you, but it’s actually not. As you bite into one of those gorgeous bars and the tiny little sesame seeds start popping in your mouth and mixing with sweet sticky honey, it’s like a love affair in your mouth.


In its simplest form, pasteli are composed of just two ingredients: sesame seeds and honey. The addition of various nuts such as pistachios, walnuts or almonds is also common in some versions of pasteli. The combination of honey and sesame seeds forms delightfully chewy wafers that tend to stick to your teeth, but taste pretty amazing nonetheless.

Pasteli can be eaten as a candy, lunchtime snack or an energy booster, and they go wonderfully well as an accompaniment to tea. I went even further by eating them for breakfast instead of a muesli bar. Yes, I had candy for breakfast. No, I don’t feel bad about it. Sue me.


Before I kick in with the recipe, just a quick reminder to all of you talented food bloggers and photographers out there to send me your entries for DMBLGiT October 2012 edition. Deadline is October 20th, so you better hurry! Read about the contest and rules in my announcement post. Also, feel free to check out the photo gallery which is updated as entries are coming. Also, spare a few moments to meet the fabulous panel of judges. The winners will be announced on November 1st.

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Pasteli – Greek Sesame & Honey Candy

Yields 20-25 bars
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Difficulty: Basic

Category: Petit fours & candies, Bars & squares
Cuisine: Greek
Pasteli are popular Greek chewy energy snacks made with sesame seeds and honey. There are many variations of this candy and most of them also include nuts. You can use any nuts or seeds you like, from almonds and pistachios to flaxseed and pumpkin seeds. Just make sure that the honey and seeds/nuts ratio is 1:1. Recipe was adapted from Souvlaki For The Soul.
200g raw sesame seeds
50g raw pistachios
50g raw almonds
300g honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
Line a baking pan (25x15cm) with parchment paper making sure you cover both the bottom and sides. In a small saucepan heat the honey until it's pourable. In a separate large pan combine sesame seeds and nuts and toast them for 3-4 minutes. Pour warm honey over seeds, add salt and mix through. Cook the mixture without stirring over moderate heat until the honey turns a golden brown color and is completely absorbed, about 10 minutes. Pour into the lined pan and smooth the top with a spoon. Cool completely at room temperature.
Once cooled, cut the pasteli into individual bars. Store in an airtight container, making sure each layer is separated by a sheet of baking paper (this prevents sticking).

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7 Responses

  • beautiful photographs Monika!! and you know here in india.. we make something similar.. it is called chikki.. its basically the same thing with sesame and jaggery (unsulphured sugar)… the jaggery is melted and then the sesame is added and then made into bars.. and you can also replace the sesame with peanuts. Its the best thing ever!!

  • Nevena says:

    savršeni slatki zalogajčići. obožavam tu kombinaciju meda i susama.
    do pre par godina nisam imala pojma da su grčke poslastice toliko fine i ustvari baš po mom ukusu. kada sam ušla u jednu poslastičarnicu na Lefkadi pala sam u nesvest…nisam znala šta pre odabrati! carstvo pistaćija, čokolade, oraha. prava divota!

  • Hi Monika! I love your photography! This recipe is amazing and simple and it has my name written all over it! Glad I found your blog on FoodGawker!

  • Iako nisam preveliki obožavatelj sezama, ova slastica mi toliko dobro izgleda da me baš mami da je zagrizem. Krasno su ispale i prezentacija i slike su mi jaki lijepi !

  • Rosa says:

    Divine! Your pasteli look absolutely irresistible.



  • Petra says:

    Krasne fotke, ali nekako mi sezam u slatkoj varijanti ne paše. Preskočiti ću ovoga puta.

  • Nevena says:

    ovo ti je savršeno! uvijek gledam ove pločice u dm-u, ponekad ih i kupim a sad si ih mogu napraviti i doma! jedva čekam! kad napravim stavit ću fotku na fejs a možda i na blog.. zapostavila sam ga totalno, ali takav mi je neki knjakav period, moram se prisilit. :)

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