For the second day of Greek cuisine, I have a delicious, chewy sesame candy which is quite easy to make. This has just three ingredients and gets ready in 15 minutes. Honey is one ingredient that is added in most of the Greek desserts. From the syrup for cakes to even syrup for cookies include honey. So when I saw that the whole sesame bar was made with honey, I was quite interested. But when I searched for recipes, I came across some with both sugar and honey and I chose that type of candy to try. I was skeptical making the whole recipe with only honey as I am sure my daughter wouldn’t touch it. Honey has strong flavour and if combined with sugar it would mellow a bit.
Usually these are made as rectangular slices, but I made them into squares. The addition of honey gives a nice flavour as well as the chewy texture to the candies. Ellu mittai is our family favourite, but made with just sugar or jaggery, they would be crisp in texture, but these are on the softer side. The honey added adds some stickiness at the bottom. To avoid that, just flip the candies and let them air dry for a while, They will be crisp on the outside and when you take a bite, they would be chewy. I tasted a bit of the candy and it was absolutely yum. If allowed, I would finish the whole batch in one sitting. It was that yum.
White Sesame Seeds – 1 cup
Light Brown Sugar – 3/4 cup
Honey – 2 tbs
In a pan toast sesame seeds until they start popping up.
Transfer to a plate and allow it to cool.
Oil two parchment papers. Place one on an inverted baking tray and keep it ready.
In the same pan, add honey, sugar and 2 tbs of water.
Allow the syrup to boil and reach one string consistency.
Add the sesame seeds and mix everything together.
Transfer the mixture to the prepared parchment paper, place another one on top and roll it with a roller to uniform thickness.
Allow it to cool completely.
Slice it up into squares, flip and dry the pieces for a while and store in airtight jar.