Tahini Bread

April 17th, 2005

This is one of the breads that I sometimes long for. Not sure if I can ever find it made in a bakery in US, but this is one of the goods that one can find in nearly every bakery in Turkey.

Sweet and rich, it is very filling and needless to say very tasty.

Somehow I thought I could never make it at home, and never even bothered to search for a recipe. Recently someone (thanks Mihri!) posted a recipe on a cooking forum that I belong to and the recipe looked relatively easier that I expected. Tried out one night, and had to make another batch in 2 days! Yes, they are really good, especially if there is someone in your house that likes both sweet and bread. :)

I have to warn you; you might end up making a mess in the kitchen since the tahini and olive oil mix will be very greasy. Get everything ready and make sure you have a paper towel next to you in case you need to grab something.

What you need:

Bread

  1. 4 cups flour, sifted

  2. 1 cup milk

  3. 2 1/4 tsp (1 envelope, 7 gr) yeast

  4. 1/3 cup olive oil

  5. 1 Tbsp sugar

  6. 1 tsp salt
  7. 1/4 cup or less water

  8. 1 egg, for glaze

Filling

  1. 1/2 cup tahini

  2. 1/2 cup olive oil

  3. 1 cup powdered sugar (more or less, depending on how sweet you like it)

Makes 8 breads

Directions

  1. Heat the milk and water, to 120 – 130F

  2. Mix with flour, sugar, yeast, olive oil and salt to make a smooth, elastic and not sticky dough. If needed add more flour

  3. Cover with a damp cloth and let it rest for 10 – 15 minutes. It will not rise like other breads, do not panic. It might be a good time to make the filling while it is resting

  4. Divide the dough into 12 pieces, lightly grease them with olive oil so they do not dry out and make it east to roll

  5. Take three of the pieces and roll them (individually) very thin, about 1/8 of inch or so. Mine were never perfect rounds, no worries you do not need that perfect shapes in this bread


  6. Put tahini mix between these pieces and stretch the layered dough mix by hand to make it longer, thinner.

  7. Divide into two by cutting lengthwise


  8. Roll one of the pieces to make a long stringlike dough.


  9. Roll it like a spiral to give it a swirl. Put onto a lightly greased baking pan, push down with your palm to make it flatter.


  10. Congratulations: One of the pieces are done! Now do the same steps for the rest of the 9 pieces to make 8 breads total

  11. Brush them with egg & water mix, and put some sesame seeds for decoration

  12. Bake in a 325F oven for 25 – 30 mins, until they are light brown

Bon Apetit!

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27 Responses to “Tahini Bread”

  1. Sevgi A. Says:

    Sevgili Fethiye,
    Siten nefis. Ben “Hayattan tatlar” dan ve “yemek ve bizden” Sevgi A.
    İlk baktığımda Türkçe sayfa da bulmuştum,şimdi göremiyorum,acaba benim beceriksizliğim mi? Sana başarılar dilerim.

  2. fethiye Says:

    Merhaba Sevgi; guzel sozlerin icin tesekkurler! Sitedeki butun tarifleri iki dilde de yazmaya calisiyorum. Her tarifin basinda “turkce” ve “english” baglantisi olmalI (bunlardan biri yoksa, daha o dildeki tarifi eklemedim demektir ;)) Bunlari demekle birlikte, olur da gorulmuyorsa bende, bu programda bir hata var demektir…

  3. esra Says:

    fethiye selam ben “hayattan renkler”den esra kurt ergin,ellerine saglik hem yemekler hem site icin;”portakal agaci” ni zaten takip ediyordum,listeme simdi de seninkini eklemem gerekecek

    sevgiler
    esra

  4. Figen Karavas Says:

    Merhaba Fethiye,
    Resimler cok iyi , cok tesekkürler detaylı vermissin sagol:)
    Bende umarim cesaret alip artik bu tarz denemelerde bulunurum:)
    Cok iyi gorunuyor:)
    Ve sevgili E sra ‘ya ; bende gecen hafta siteyi favorilerime ekledim bile:))
    Ellerine saglik ,
    sevgilerimle
    Figen KARAVAS- Ä°zmir
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/yemekve_biz/

  5. fethiye Says:

    Bayanlar, yorumlar icin tesekkurler! Siteye yakinda deneyip de beceremediklerimi de ekleyeceGim. ;) Boylece herkes sanmasin ki harika bir asCiyim…

  6. Mihri Says:

    Merhaba Fethiye,
    Siten hayirli olsun. Bu tarif sayesinde sitenle tanismis oldum.
    Tahinli Corek de nefis gozukuyor ayni benim yaptigim gibi :-)
    Ellerine saglik.
    Sevgiler, Mihri.

  7. fethiye Says:

    Mihri, senin tarifin sayesinde boyle guzel oldu! Sagol. ;)

  8. Åžule Says:

    Tek kelimeyle mükemmel, iç açıcı bir site. Ben de bookmarkıma ekliyorum..

  9. asli Says:

    merhaba,
    ben 9. ile 10. madde arasında takıldım, hani 7.madde de boydan ikiye kestik ya bir parçayı halat yaptık yuvarladık, bastırdık, öbür parçayı ne yapıcaz anlayamadım???

  10. fethiye Says:

    Asli, diGer parcayi da ayni sekilde halat yapip yuvarlayip bastirip tepsiye dizeceksin. Yani, o UC katli hamur + tahin karisimindan iki tane tahinli ekmek cikiyor. Dolayisiyla da bu olculerle 8 tane tahinli ekmek cikiyor.

  11. fethiye Says:

    Sule sagolasin! Senin siteni de duydugumdan beri ziyaret ediyorum. Yakinda bir ara buraya, bildigim, ziyaret ettigim sitelere baglanti koyacagim ama daha mumkun olmadi…

  12. olcay Says:

    Merhabalar,
    tarifinizi denedim. cok basarili oldu.. sadece sormak istedigim kucuk bir nokta var. benim hatirladigim tahinli coreklerin renkleri sanki daha koyu oluyordu. benimkilerin rengi acik oldu. tahinli karisimi bolca kullanmama ragmen ben rengini buna bagladim….sizin yaptiginizin ici nasildi acaba?
    bu guzel paylasiminiz icin cok tesekkurler…kolay gelsin…sevgiler

  13. fethiye Says:

    Olcay; tarifi begendigine sevindim, bu Amerikan OlCulerine cevirirken biraz duraksamistim. Ayrica ustu icin ben de senin gibi dusundugum den ikinci yapisimda bir kacinin uzerine biraz da pekmez koydum, oyle pisirdim. Daha kitir kitir oldular ve daha da kizardilar, koyu renk oldular. Ama ne yazik ki ben fotolarini cekene kadar gitmislerdi yine! Bir dahaki sefere ekleyeceGim insallah. Afiyet olsun!

  14. chanit Says:

    Thanks fot this great recipe, we loved them !

    Chanit from Israel :-)

  15. fethiye Says:

    Dear Chanit, I am so glad you were able to try it out and loved the taste of it. Do you guys also have this bread sold in Israel?

  16. chanit Says:

    Dear Fethiye ,
    You wrote the recipe so clear + the pictures wew very helpful !
    I also loved your humor…
    “I have to warn you; you might end up making a mess in the kitchen since the tahini and olive oil mix will be very greasy”...

    As far as i know, we can’t buy this breads here in Israel.
    So i’m lucky – i can bake it when ever i want to.
    THANK - YOU !
    Chanit :-)

    • I’ll try your other recipes later
  17. fethiye Says:

    Dear Chanit, I felt I had to write how greasy your hands can get, because I did make a mess in my kitchen in my first trial ;) Toda. ;)

  18. gil Says:

    The best!

    You’re to blame for the ruin of 3 diets ; )
    It was worth every calorie.

  19. gil Says:

    and thanx Chanit,
    for letting us know.
    gilgam

  20. fethiye Says:

    I am to blame, thanks to Chanit? :) Where is the justice?

    Joking aside, I am so glad you guys got to try this tasty bread at your home. I know it is very heavy, bu I also think the same: worth it!

  21. Binnur Says:

    Bu sabah canim tahinli ekmek istemisti, nasil yaparim diye dusunurken, az once sitenize girdim ve ” rendom ” da durup bana gulumsuyor. Ustelik bugun Turk bakkaldan Tahin aldim. Yarin kesinlikle yapiyorum.
    It looks so yummy.:)
    Binnur

  22. fethiye Says:

    Binnur, kalp kalbe karsiymis; Ben de isten donerken markete ugrayip patlican aldim, senin sitendeki kozlemeyi gorunce canim istedi diye! Sana simdiden afiyet olsun.

  23. mine Says:

    Fethiye’cigim, tahinli ekmegi dün aksam yaptim. Benimkiler, seninkiler gibi tel tel olamasa da, tatlari tek kelimeyle harikaydi.
    Hamurun inceligini ve sarilisini görmek acisindan ara resimlerin cok isime yaradigini söylemeliyim. Tesekkürler!

  24. fethiye Says:

    Mine, ellerine saglik ve afiyet olsun. TR’deki pastanelerdeki gibi tel tel olmuyor benimki de, tadi ayni ama dedigin gibi.

  25. Denise Says:

    How big is each bread? You say it makes 8 – is it possible to halve the recipe?
    Wow, this sounds amazing, tahini in bread, yum.

  26. fethiye Says:

    Each bread is about the size of a dessert plate. You definitely can halve the recipe, but once you start making it, i’d suggest making the whole thing as it takes time to make this bread.

  27. Zulmy Says:

    I made the bread. It is delicious. You can see pictures in my website. I wonder if it is OK, because I have never tated a ‘real’ Tahiini Bread. But, it really does not matter a lot because the ones that came out of my oven taste wonderful. :D
    Zulmy

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