Pasteli: Sesame Honey Candy

Recipe by Az B8990
READY IN: 15mins
YIELD: 1 batch


  • 1 13
    cups honey
  • 3
    cups white sesame seeds, hulled
  • 1
    strip lemon peel (about 1/4 x 1 inch, see note) (optional)


  • Note: If desired, add the lemon peel to give the pasteli a light hint of lemon.
  • In a saucepan, bring honey and lemon peel to a boil.
  • Add sesame seeds stirring continuously and continue to cook while stirring to mix completely and thoroughly.
  • When the seeds are fully mixed in and the mixture has boiled again, remove from heat.
  • Remove and discard lemon peel.
  • Spread a piece of baking parchment on a cool work surface and spread out the hot mixture thinly and evenly, on the paper (about 1/4 inch high).
  • When the pasteli cools to room temperature, refrigerate, as is, on the parchment paper (it doesn't need to be covered).
  • Chill for at least 2-3 hours.
  • With a kitchen shears, cut the pasteli into small pieces, together with the parchment paper on the bottom, and serve.
  • To eat, peel off the parchment paper.
  • Store in the refrigerator.
  • To increase or decrease quantity: The recipe calls for equal parts by weight of sesame seeds and honey.