Pasteli (Greek Sesame Bars)


Sesame seed is the ultimate brain food and an excellent source of calcium. Enjoy its benefits with these traditional sesame bars from the Greek island of Sifnos.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
15 1x3 inch bars


  • 1 cup honey

  • 2 ⅓ cups toasted sesame seeds

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 (2x1-ft) sheet of parchment or wax paper, folded in half


  1. Bring honey to a boil in a heavy saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring with wooden spoon. Add sesame seeds, lemon juice, cinnamon, cardamom, and coriander, tossing to combine until light and golden.

  2. Turn the dough onto a cookie sheet lined with half of the parchment or wax paper and fold the other half over the dough. Roll out dough between papers to a 1/4 inch thinness. Allow to cool.

  3. Using a ruler and a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut the dough through the papers into bars or squares of your favorite size. To serve, peel papers off and enjoy your sesame bar!

Cook's Notes:

You can use any of your favorite spices.

Before you start, brush all utensils and implements including the paper sheet with sweet wine such as manischewitz, mavrodafni, communion wine, or even liqueur, to reduce sticking.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

199 Calories
11g Fat
24g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 15
Calories 199
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 223mg 17%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 120mg 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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