Cypriot Tahini Pies with Orange Flavor
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"Tahini, sugar, and cinnamon are a perfect combination, but the orange zest makes these Cypriot tahini pies irresistible! The addition of sesame seeds makes the pies crunchy, but they are optional. This is a hand pie with layers of dough and sweet filling that melts in your mouth and is my personal favorite. See recipe's video on my Youtube channel ."
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Ingredients2 h 18 m servings 316 cals
Original recipe yields 16 servings (16 hand pies)
- Combine 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/4 cup water, and yeast together in a small bowl. Stir well with a fork.
- Sift bread flour and all-purpose flour together in a mixing bowl. Add salt and blend. Pour in yeast mixture. Start adding remaining water gradually; mix until dough comes together. Place dough on a flat work surface and knead until soft and smooth, about 15 minutes.
- Transfer dough to a lightly greased bowl and cover. Place it a warm spot and let it rise for 45 minutes.
- In the meantime, prepare the filling. Add remaining sugar, sesame seeds, cinnamon, and orange zest to the tahini. Mix well.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Flatten dough gently and cut into 8 equal pieces. Keep dough covered as you work with 1 piece at a time.
- Roll out 1 piece of dough into a 6-inch disk. Place 2 tablespoons of the filling in the middle, gather up the edges in the center, and pinch to seal. Press down to flatten; roll back out into a 6-inch disk. Roll disk into a log about 12 inches long. Cut in half and stretch each piece out to make it a little longer. Roll in both ends towards the center, creating an 'S' shape. Fold 1 spiral over the other and flatten with your palm. Roll out slightly; transfer to the prepared baking sheet.
- Repeat step 6 with remaining dough and filling, making 16 hand pies in total. Keep finished pies loosely covered so they rise slightly while you finish the rest.
- Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 18 minutes.
- Cook's Note:
- Substitute 1 packet instant dry yeast for the fresh yeast if preferred.
Per Serving: 316 calories; 12.1 g fat; 46.9 g carbohydrates; 7.3 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 169 mg sodium. Full nutrition