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Greek Honey Sesame bars (Pasteli recipe)

Greek Honey Sesame bars (Pasteli recipe)

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  • Author: Eli K. Giannopoulos
  • Prep Time: 0 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 20 pieces 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Boiled
  • Cuisine: Greek
  • Diet: Vegetarian


The ancient Greek version of a power bar is “Pasteli”! Greek honey sesame bars is a snack made from honey and sesame seeds in only 10 minutes!


  • 220g honey (7.5 oz.)
  • 220g sesame seeds (7.5 oz.)
  • a pinch of salt
  • zest of 1 medium sized lemon


  1. To prepare this Greek honey sesame bars (Pasteli) recipe start by toasting the sesame seeds. Place a frying pan over high heat and add the sesame seeds. Toast them for 2-3 minutes until golden (not too brown). Remove the sesame seeds from the pan and set aside. Continue with the rest of the recipe quickly, so that the sesame seeds remain hot. Alternatively you can spread the sesame seeds in a pan and toast them in the oven at 180-190C (375F).
  2. In the same pan add the honey and bring to a boil, until it starts to foam. Remove the foam using a spatula, turn down the heat to medium and let it simmer until its temperature has reached 125C/260F. If you don’t have a thermometer, take a bowl of cold water and drip in a teaspoon of the honey syrup. Let it cool down for a few seconds then shape it into a small ball using your fingers. Take it out of the water and drop it on your work surface. If it sounds like it is solid, the honey syrup is done.
  3. Its now time to add the remaining ingredients for your pasteli. Add a pinch of salt and the toasted sesame seeds and stir for about 10 minutes over medium heat, using a wooden spatula. The mixture should thicken considerably and stick to the spatula.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat, add the lemon zest and stir.
  5. Line a round pan (22cm/ 8.5 inch. diameter) with parchment paper and pour in the mixture. Be careful not to touch it, as it is very hot. Spread the mixture very well using a spoon.
  6. Let the pasteli cool down for about 20 minutes and them cut into portions. If you let it cool completely then it would be harder to cut into pieces.