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Prepare time: 1 hr 15 min
Bake time: 18 min per pan
Passive time: 45 min
Ready in: 2 hr 36 min
Yield: 16 hand pies
Tahini, sugar and cinnamon is a perfect combination, but the orange zest makes these Cypriot tahini pies irresistible! The addition of sesame seeds makes the pies crunchy, but it is optional. This is a hand pie with layers of dough and sweet filling that melts in your mouth and my personal favorite.

Ingredients

  • 250g bread flour
  • 250g all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 300ml warm water
  • 25g fresh yeast or 7g dry instant
  • 300g tahini
  • 300g granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • zest of an orange
  • 50g sesame seeds (optional)

Instructions

1
Add about a tsp of the weighed sugar and a little bit of the warm water to the yeast. Mix well. In a mixing bowl, sift the two types of flour. Add salt and blend.

2
Add the yeast mixture. Start adding water gradually and knead for 15 minutes, until you have a soft dough. Put the dough in a lightly greased bowl and cover; place it in a warm spot and let it rise for 45 min.

3
In the meantime, prepare the filling. Add sugar, cinnamon, orange zest and sesame seeds to the tahini. Mix well.

4
Weigh the dough and cut it into 8 equal pieces. Take one piece of dough and roll out a small disk, about 15cm/6inches in diameter. Put 2 tbsps of filling in the middle and pinch the edges to seal it.

5
Flatten it with your hand, then roll it out until it gets about 15cm/6inches in diameter. Roll the sheet into a log, about 30cm/12inches long. Cut in half. Stretch each piece to get a little longer. Swirl both sides creating two opposite spirals.

6
Fold in half, covering one spiral with the other. This way, you create layers of dough and filling. Flatten it again and put in on a baking tray, covered with parchment paper. Repeat the process for the rest of the dough. Bake in a preheated oven, at 200°C/400°F, middle position for about 18min, till they’re golden brown. Enjoy them with a glass of fresh orange juice.

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