Sesame Seed Honey Candy {Pasteli}

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  • Pasteli is a Greek candy, usually made up of sesame seeds and honey. I added a few special things to make these little candies extra good.

    Sesame Seed Honey Candy {Pasteli}
    For this tasty candy, the only thing you will probably have to buy are the sesame seeds. Everything else is probably already in your kitchen. I used honey, cinnamon, sea salt and vanilla. Talk about easy!

    Sesame Seed Honey Candy {Pasteli}
          makes 24 pieces
          adapted from nourished kitchen
    1 C hulled sesame seeds
    1/3 C honey
    Pinch of sea salt
    1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
    1/8 tsp vanilla extract
    Olive oil for baking sheet

    Brush a small baking sheet with olive oil and set aside.
    Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat and when it is hot to the touch, add the sesame seeds and continually stir with a wooden spoon.

    Cook for 4-6 minutes, or until they start to turn golden brown. 
    Next, add the honey, sea salt, cinnamon and vanilla and continually stir. 
    Stir until the sesame seeds are covered in honey and the mixture starts to thicken a little. This will only take a few minutes. Spread the mixture out onto the oiled baking sheet and push around the seeds with the back of the wooden spoon to make an even later.
    Score the candy into 1 inch by 1/4 inch pieces and set pan aside until the candy is cool enough to touch, but still warm enough to manipulate the candy. Grease hands with non-stick spray or olive oil and roll the pieces into little logs. Allow to cool before eating. Store in an air tight container. 
    These would make really cute little gifts. You could just package the individually in plastic wrap or get little candy wrappers from a crafts store.

    These are slightly sticky and chewy and mildly sweet. Great for when you want a natural treat!

    • Cassie/Bake Your Day

      I bet these are so good. I love sesame seeds! What a great combo!

    • amanda @ fake ginger

      I love these but never thought about making them myself! I can’t wait for an excuse to finally make ’em!

    • From Valeries Kitchen

      My husband is always buying these from a little produce market near us. I totally want to try this!

    • Carrie Burrill

      I saw these on Pinterest last night and didn’t know they were yours! LOVE this recipe!

    • Tina Bk

      I have been thinking about making candy, but most of what I have seen is a major project. However, these look fairly easy to make and I do love sesame seeds. Unusual but no doubt delicious. Thanks for sharing this and have a great weekend!


      I love how cute these look, and that they are portable!!

    • Taylor

      I’ve never heard of Pasteli…looks like a yummy snack!!

    • Lizzy

      My mom used to make almond cookies and sesame seed cookies…when all of us really wanted chocolate chip cookies! I must make these candies for her…she will savor every bite!!! Thanks for the wonderful recipes~

    • Grubarazzi

      Oh my goodness. I love these! Such a cute presentation too!