Turkish Tahini Sweet Rolls (Tahinli Ekmek)
Yeast bread flavored and filled with tahini, made into swirls. The first time I had these rolls was in Istanubul Turkey! After our visit to Hagia Sophia at Sultanahmet square, we saw cart vendors selling simit and cinnamon rolls, where locals and tourists munching on them. Indeed they were not cinnamon rolls,that’s what I and the kids thought backthen,they were tahini filled sweet bread “Tahinli Ekmek”. Say love at first bite! Yes! I was sold and instantly drawn to its flavor.
After begging her for the recipe, my friend Hilda sent me her mother-in-law’s – who happens to be Turkish -30 years old recipe. It takes precious little though to make, but really worth it!
I would enjoy tahini on literally anything, so if you are anything like me, you will devour these buns. Nothing like the aroma of freshly baked bread coming out of the oven, and the bonus here is the sweet tahini – the buns taste wonderful – yes I have to admit,I am a genius, butI can’t take credit for inventing these rolls! Many thanks Hilda to you and to your mother-in-law!
Divide the dough into 12 equal balls
Roll each ball, using a rolling pin, on a floured surface into a circle with 20 cm in diameter.
Spread a tablespoon of the tahini mixture almost covering the circle, leaving 1 cm boarder around the edges.
Roll up each to form a log
Roll it back and forth a bit until it is about 30 cm
Use your hands to shape it into a tight spiral.
- Transfer the rolls to a parchment lined oven sheet, leaving some space between one another (you may probably need to use two oven sheets). Set aside the rolls for another 30 minutes, for a second fermentation.Brush the tops of each spiral with the egg wash.
Lightly sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Nothing like the aroma of freshly baked bread coming out of the oven, and the bonus here is the sweet tahini – they taste wonderful
For the dough:
- 4 cups flour
- 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
- 1 egg
- 11/4 cups milk
- 2 table spoons butter
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
For the filling:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup tahini
For the egg wash
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- A drop of vinegar
Some sesame seeds
- First off, check the expiration date of the dry yeast package.
- To make the dough: In a large bowl, mix together the flour, butter, olive oil, sugar, salt, dry yeast and vanilla.
- Beat the eggs in a bowl, and gradually pour the milk while stirring. Add to the flour mixture.
- Knead the dough thoroughly until it is of one texture. Cover with a kitchen towel and set aside for 1 hour allowing it to rise and double in size.
- Meanwhile, mix together the tahini and sugar until well combined.
- Divide the dough into 12 equal balls. Working with one ball at a time, roll each ball, using a rolling pin, on a floured surface into a circle with 20 cm/8 inches in diameter.
- Spread a tablespoon of the tahini mixture almost covering the circle, leaving 1 cm boarder around the edges.
- Roll up each to form a log. Roll it back and forth a bit until it is about 30 cm/12 inches. Use your hands to shape it into a tightspiral. Lightly flatten each with your hands.
- Transfer the rolls to a parchment lined oven sheet, leaving some space between one another (you may probably need to use two oven sheets). Set aside the rolls for another 30 minutes, for a second fermentation.
- For the egg wash: In a small bowl combine together the egg and vinegar and brush the tops of each spiral with the egg.
- Lightly sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/ 400°F. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Serve warm! How delicious!
Looking for more tahini based recipes, check ourMOUFATAKA, LEBANESE TURMERIC RICE PUDDING,FRIED CAULIFLOWER WITH TAHINI SAUCE,BANANA AND DATE BREAD WITH TAHINI AND CAROB MOLASSES
Enjoy these buns with your morning coffee or your afternoon tea.
Making these rolls, my mind travelled toour trip to Istanbul and Alanya/Turkey. Here are some pictures thought of sharing them with you! Nostalgic!
At Galata tower, amedievalstone tower
A panoramic view from Istanbul’sGalata Tower
The Spice Market: A century old trap! Love the smell of the various spices and sweets
The Bosphorus bridge that connects Europe and Asia
The Blue Mosque built between 1609-1617. It is known as the blue mosque because of the blue tiles used to decorate the walls of the interior
Majestic Hagia Sophia
My kids enjoying the beach life in Alanya, a spectacular peaceful location with a beautiful sea view and a relaxingsandy beach. If you are searching for tranquility, then this would be a good destiantion for you.
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