Skaltsounia – Fasting Stuffed Biscuits with Walnuts Sesame & Raisins

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Prepare time: 60 min
Bake time: 20 to 25 min
Yield: 40 pcs approx.

Delicious fasting biscuits stuffed with walnuts, raisins and sesame seeds. The best way to welcome the fasting period. The dough is soft & easy to work with and the filling is so yummy!

They are sufficiently sweet and can be consumed without necessarily being dusted with powdered sugar. They hold their beautiful shape when baked and keep fresh for several days, stored in a metal container. Enjoy!!!


For the dough

  • 200 g sunflower oil
  • 125 g margarine
  • 170 g granulated sugar
  • 50 g fresh orange juice
  • 25 g brandy
  • zest of an orange
  • 600 g all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp clove
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda

For the filling

  • 100 g raisins
  • 70 g ground walnuts
  • 30 g sesame seeds
  • 20 g honey
  • 1 tbsp warm water
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon


In the bowl of your mixer beat margarine, sunflower oil, orange juice, sugar & brandy on medium speed until pale & creamy. Mix in the orange zest.

Add some flour, cinnamon & clove powder, baking powder & baking soda. Keep beating on low speed.

Gradually mix in the remaining flour on low speed until incorporated.

Transfer the dough to a clean bowl, cover with plastic and allow to rest for 30min.

In a separate bowl mix the raisins with the walnuts and the sesame seeds. Add the cinnamon. Add honey and warm water and mix for a few minutes with your hand.

Pinch off small pieces of dough and shape them into balls, the size of a walnut. Pat the dough into circles, add a tsp of filling and fold it over.

INFO: The dough is very soft, therefore it may crack on folding. Fix any cracks with your fingers.

Improve their shape and seal the edges using a fork. Feel free to improvise when it comes to shaping.

Arrange the biscuits on paper-lined baking trays.

Bake in a preheated oven, at 200⁰C for 20 to 25 min. Once they’ve cooled down, dust with powdered sugar.

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