Traditional Greek Brittle (Pasteli)

  •   10 min preparation time plus 15-20 min cooking time

    Preparation Time

  • εύκολη συνταγή

    Difficulty Level

  • 20 pieces

    Serves

Brittle is a traditional Greek sweet made with honey and sesame, while dried nuts can also be added. It’s a good source of vitamin E, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. Brittle was first mentioned to Homer’s Iliad. Herodotus also refers to it during the 5th century BC. It’s a very delicious and healthy snack, which can be stored for a long time since it doesn’t contain any sugar.

Ingredients

For Vegetarians, For Vegans, Gluten-free

  • 500 gr thyme (we can also use flower honey, but it won’t be as aromatic)
  • 500 gr sesame Sunspices
  • Zest from 1 lemon or 1 orange
  • 200 gr white almonds, toasted (optionally)

Method

  1. In a frying pan, without adding any fats, we lightly toast the sesame. In a saucepan, we put the honey and we warm it on medium heat. We cook it for about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes have passed, we add the toasted sesame, the zest and the almonds, if we use them. When the mixture begins to thicken, after about 10 minutes, our brittle is ready. To check if it really is ready, we can do the following: Using a spoon, we take a small quantity of the mixture and we drop it in a glass of cold water. If an elastic ball forms, then the brittle is ready. If it’s still soft, it needs more cooking.

  2. We place a parchment paper on the kitchen counter.  We place all mixture in the middle of the parchment paper. We cover it with another parchment paper. Using the rolling pin or with our hands, we flatten the brittle until it’s 1 cm thick. We let the brittle slightly cool, for about 10-15 minutes, and then, using a knife, we cut it into pieces. We let it completely and we serve or store in airtight containers.

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