Pasteli is perhaps one of the most summery Greek snacks. Many of us have memories of large trays of pasteli being sold by an older man on small seaside villages, while today it’s often found in most small shops on the islands. Pasteli is the classic accompaniment to tea or coffee, but also a healthy snack. In the sense that – if properly made- contains only two ingredients: honey and sesame. You can read all about its health benefits, along with some interesting stories in our blog post here.
You can find our pasteli at Borough Market and on our website (select from the classic with sesame and honey, or the sesame, honey and nuts one with raisins, sunflower seeds, almonds, linseed, and roasted chickpeas.
Or if you are feeling like taking on a fun summer activity, you can make your own. It is really easy to make. Just make sure to wait for it to cool down before digging in!
Makes one 20×20 tray
In a skillet and over medium-low heat slowly toast the sesame in batches. Stir constantly and be careful as it burns easily. Once the sesame is golden in colour, set aside and let cool.
Place the honey in a medium-sized pot and over medium heat. Warm up the honey until it reaches 120-125C. To test if it’s ready, drop a small amount of honey in cold water. It should not be sticky, but hold together in a ball.
Immediately add the sesame in your honey pot and stir everything together for 3-4 minutes. Add the salt and citrus zest (if using), stir well and remove from the heat.
Lay a tray with greaseproof paper and pour in your pasteli. Be careful not to burn yourself. Let it cool down a bit and slice it with a knife. It will harden as it cools down.
Serve with Greek coffee.