In Greece and Cyprus, sesame seed candy is called pasteli and is generally a flat, oblong bar made with honey and often including nuts. Though the modern name παστέλι pasteli is of Italian origin, very similar foods are documented in Ancient Greek cuisine: the Cretan koptoplakous (κοπτοπλακοῦς) or gastris (γάστρις) was a layer of ground nuts sandwiched between two layers of sesame crushed with honey. Herodotus also mentions “sweet cakes of sesame and honey”, but with no detail.
This is a cookie made of only two ingredients, honey and sesame that is, and it’s very healthy, so everyone should try it. It’s called pasteli and is about 6.000 years old, and it’s mentioned in many old entries. It was consumed by fighters in order to gain strength before they go to war, and the women used it to stimulate the hormones work.
Here are its’ benefits:
- it contains many vitamins and minerals
- it contains antioxidants
- it regulates the fats in the blood
- it gives energy to execute hard physical things
- it reduces the feeling of depression
- it improves the mood
- it decreases cholesterol
- 300 grams of pure powdered sesame pasta (called tahini)
- 300 grams of honey
How to prepare:
- mix the ingredients well together and then shape them in balls with the size of your choice
- put them in the fridge so that they can firm up a little
You can make tahini yourself. For this you will need peeled, fresh sesame seeds, a little sesame oil, but you can also use olive oil or sunflower oil (pour 2 spoons of oil over 70 to 150 grams of seeds). Before you crush them in a blender, you need to fry the seeds a little over low heat, until they get a golden color. But, be careful as the seeds can burn you, because they will be bitter. Put them in a blender, add the oil and mix it until you get a smooth and thick consistency.