the girl makes pasteli

I spent last week in Australia’s cultural capital, Melbourne. Apart from discovering some of what that busy city had to offer, I enjoyed spending some time with my family. This, of course, included having my grandmother teach me a few delicious Greek recipes.

Pasteli was the first.

DSC_0315According to Google, pasteli is also known as ‘sesame seed candy’. While I have never actually heard it be referred to by that name, it probably gives a better indication of what it is to a non-Greek speaker. It is essentially a homemade (and much tastier) version of the sesame snaps that you can buy at supermarkets.

Pasteli is simple to make. However, you have to be careful to move quickly because once you have poured the syrup over the mixture it begins to set. If it sets while it is in the saucepan you may have a hard time getting it out! So be prepared and have everything set up.

Good luck and I hope you enjoy this sweet snack!



  • 2 cups of sesame seeds
  • 1 cup of unsalted peanuts
  • ½ a cup of sunflower seeds (optional)
  • ½ a cup of unsalted peanuts
  • 3 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of water


  1. Cook the sesame and sunflower seeds with the nuts on the stove for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  2. Take the nut and seed mix off the heat.
  3. In a separate saucepan melt the honey and sugar with water to make a syrup.
  4. Stir the syrup through the nuts and seeds.
  5. Before it cools, pour the entire mixture onto a wet wooden surface and mould into a rectangular prism.
  6. Rinse a sharp knife and use it to slice the prism into smaller pieces until you have bite-sized pasteli.
  7. Leave the pieces to cool and set. (This should not take a long time.)
  8. Enjoy!

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