Pasteli Sesame Seed Honey Bars

When entering a candy store, there are a lot of options to choose from.  One of the candy sections that tends to get overlooked is the old fashion candy section.  These candies have withstood the test of time and are generally made with unique ingredients.  One of my favorite old fashion candies is the sesame seed honey bars.

Sesame seed honey bars are known in Greece as Pasteli.  They are made using a combination of sesame seeds, sugar and honey.  While the Pasteli is considered a candy, it can actually be grouped into the energy bar category as well.   Sesame seeds offer a wide array of health benefits.  Sesame seeds are full of copper, manganese, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, molybdenum, selenium, and dietary fiber.

Pasteli Sesame Seed Honey Bars

1 cup white sesame seeds

1/2 cup sugar (coconut sugar or cane sugar work as well)

2 tablespoon honey

Lightly spay 2 sheets of parchment paper with non stick spray (I prefer coconut oil spay) and set aside.  

In a medium/large non stick pan dry roast the sesame seeds over low heat. Constantly stir the seeds to ensure they roast evenly and do not burn.  Once they have a golden appear, remove from heat and set aside.  

In medium sized saucepan mix sugar and honey.  Over medium heat to melt the mixture and bring to a boil. When the sugar mixture start to bubble cook for 2 minutes and then remove from heat.

Add the sesame seeds to the sugar mixture and mix well. Pour the mixture onto 1 sheet of parchment paper. Quickly cover the mixture with the other parchment sheet.  Using a rolling pin, gently flatten out the mixture to the desired thickness. 

Allow the mixture to slightly cool down before transferring to a cutting board. Carefully remove the parchment papers and discard. Using a knife that has been lightly sprayed with non stick spray cut the seed sheet into bars.   Let the bars cool completely and then serve.  Bars can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for a couple of days.  

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