Cypriot Tahini Pies with Orange Flavor


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 .

Prep Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time:
18 mins
Additional Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 18 mins
16 hand pies


  • 1 ½ cups white sugar, divided

  • 1 ¼ cups warm water, divided

  • 1 ounce compressed fresh yeast

  • 2 cups bread flour

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 6 tablespoons sesame seeds (Optional)

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 orange, zested

  • 1 ¼ cups tahini


  1. Combine 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/4 cup water, and yeast together in a small bowl. Stir well with a fork.

  2. 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.

  3. Transfer dough to a lightly greased bowl and cover. Place it a warm spot and let it rise for 45 minutes.

  4. In the meantime, prepare the filling. Add remaining sugar, sesame seeds, cinnamon, and orange zest to the tahini. Mix well.

  5. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  6. Flatten dough gently and cut into 8 equal pieces. Keep dough covered as you work with 1 piece at a time.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

317 Calories
12g Fat
47g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 317
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Sodium 169mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 121mg 9%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 138mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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