Cypriot Tahini Pies with Orange Flavour

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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.


  • 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)


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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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