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Tiganopita with almonds and sesame



  • 1 kilo flour
  • 1 glass olive oil
  • 1 lemon /orange, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Some water
  • Olive oil for frying
  • 2 glasses almonds, roughly ground and browned
  • 1 glass sesame seeds
  • 1 glass sesame seeds
  • Cinnamon and cloves, 1 teaspoon
  • 1 glass honey
  • Cinnamon
  • 1 glass sugar
  • 1 glass water


In a bowl beat the oil, the salt and the lemon juice. Slowly pour in the flour and some hot water and work into a soft dough. Roll out a thin pastry sheet and cut into 8cm wide and 20cm long strips. Layer 2 teaspoonfuls of the filling on top, fold over and press edges together making sure that it is completely closed. Starting at one end, twist the ribbon in a spiral, similar to a sariki (the traditional headdress of Cretan men). When the pastry sheet and the filling are used up, fry them. Pour the syrup on top and serve.

Source: Prefecture of Chania

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