Armenian Tahini Bread

Armenian Tahini Bread

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This sweet yeast bread is flaky yet chewy, with aromas of sesame and cinnamon.


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3 Hr
20 Min


  • 1 pkg
    active dry yeast
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1/2 c
    warm water
  • 5 c
  • 2 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp
  • 3 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 c
  • 3 c
    tahini, well stirred (divided)
  • 3 c
    sugar, divided

How to Make Armenian Tahini Bread


  1. Stir together yeast, 1 tsp. of the sugar, and 1/2 cup warm water in a small bowl; set aside to let rest until frothy, 8-10 minutes.
  2. Stir together flour, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl, then add yeast mixture, 2 tbsp. of the oil, and 1 cup water; stir into a rough dough. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 8-10 minutes.
  3. Place dough into a large bowl greased with remaining 1 tbsp. oil. Cover with plastic wrap; let sit in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F
  5. Divide dough into 2 balls, cover with a towel, and let rest for 10 minutes.
  6. Working on a lightly floured surface with 1 ball at a time, roll dough out into a 25" circle (keep remaining dough covered).
  7. Gently spread half the tahini evenly over the dough and sprinkle with 1 1⁄2 cups of the sugar.
  8. Roll the circle up end to end to make a rope. Gently roll and stretch the rope to double the length, then cut into 6-8 equal pieces. Tightly coil each rope so that it resembles a cinnamon roll, then flatten each with your hand into a dough round on a lightly floured surface. Roll out each round into a 7" circle, then transfer the circles to parchment paper-lined baking sheets, keeping them spaced apart.
  9. Let rest while you repeat the process with the remaining dough.
  10. Mist each round of dough generously with water and bake until golden, about 20 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets.

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About Armenian Tahini Bread

Course/Dish: Sweet Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Middle Eastern
Hashtag: #turkish

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