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    Greek Pasteli (Sesame Seed & Honey Snacks)

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    All-Natural-Nut's Note:

    While in Greece I saw this "candy" that I loved from childhood...little bites of sesame and honey that were soft because they did not have any sugar. Inspired, I set out to see if I could buy them in the US but found instead that they are incredibly easy to make! So here is a recipe adapted from one found on Each bar is 30 grams, which is a typical food bar you would get in the health food store.

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    1. 1
      In a heavy pan, bring the honey and water to "firm ball stage" (130 degrees C/250 degrees F).
    2. 2
      Take off the heat and stir in the sesame seeds and lemon zest.
    3. 3
      On a flat marble surface (or metal trays moistened with water, or a layer of parchment) spread the mixture evenly with a spatula or knife (or try a rolling pin) to 1 cm (1/4 inch) thickness.
    4. 4
      Before it cools, cut into squares (try a pizza cutter).
    5. 5
      When it is completely cool, wrap the squares in waxed paper and store in a covered container.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 29, 2010


      We made these tasty treats for Greek nite - they were a hit and they last forever so we enjoyed them for days afterwards. I'm about the make them again!

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    • on July 06, 2009


      I cut this down for 10 bars and they are very good. Think I will add more lemon zest next time. I served this with a Greek meal for dessert. Used parchment paper to spread it on and then flattened it with the sides of the paper. Very easy to do.

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    • on April 13, 2009


      WHAT A GREAT TASTING TREAT! I made this for one of the monthly groups I host, & enjoyed the unusualness of this snack! The group loved it & several asked for the recipe! "2 slices of lemon zest," was a little vague, however, since my zester gives long fine strips, so I simply improvised by using a very rounded teaspoonful! This is certainly something I'll be making again & again! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe! [Tagged, made & reviewed for one of my adopted chefs in the current Pick A Chef]

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    Nutritional Facts for Greek Pasteli (Sesame Seed & Honey Snacks)

    Serving Size: 1 (1137 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 142.1
    Calories from Fat 75
    Total Fat 8.3 g
    Saturated Fat 1.1 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 2.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 16.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.0 g
    Sugars 12.4 g
    Protein 3.0 g

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