Armenian Tahini Bread

Prep Time
Cook Time
3h 20m
Ready In

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

Original is 12 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (198.1 g)
  • Calories 762.1
  • Total Fat - 32.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 4.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 0.1 mg
  • Sodium - 436.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 107 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 7.2 g
  • Sugars - 51.2 g
  • Protein - 16.1 g
  • Calcium - 266 mg
  • Iron - 2.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.8 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 4

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 5

Divide dough into 2 balls, cover with a towel, and let rest for 10 minutes.

Step 6

Working on a lightly floured surface with 1 ball at a time, roll dough out into a 25" circle (keep remaining dough covered).

Step 7

Gently spread half the tahini evenly over the dough and sprinkle with 1 1⁄2 cups of the sugar.

Step 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.

Step 9

Let rest while you repeat the process with the remaining dough.

Step 10

Mist each round of dough generously with water and bake until golden, about 20 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets.


  • Parchment paper

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