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Sesame Honey Bars / Melekouni

 

These roasted sesame bars are traditionally made for Greek Weddings.

It is symbolic of a sweet life with many children.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup sesame seeds 1 cup thick honey

Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Spread the sesame seeds in a shallow roasting pan and roast them in the oven for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Put the honey in a sauce pan and boil it over moderate heat until it foams.  Remove it from the heat and add the sesame seeds. Cook it for 2-3 minutes longer, stirring constantly. 

Lightly oil a marble or Formica surface. Pour the hot sesame mixture on it and pat down with a damp spatula. 

Wet the edge of a large knife and cut the melekouni into bars. When it has cooled, remove the bars to a plate and store in a cool, dry place.

Susie's Note:  Blanched almonds can be pressed into the warm bars for a bit of zip.   Traditionally, the melekouni is cut into diamond shapes and the bars are wrapped in colorful cellophane.

 

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