Tue. Apr 23rd, 2024

Tahini Sweet Bread – Tahinov Hats

Tahinov Hats

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 30 minutesCook time: 15 minutesRest time:1 hour Total time:1 hour 45 minutesServings:6 – 8 servingsCalories: kcal Best Season:Available


This Armenian specialty is a crispy, flaky, sweet bread that is slathered with tahini and doused in sugar prior to baking. It is the main desert during Lent.



  • Filling

  • Topping


  1. In a small bowl, sprinkle yeast over lukewarm water, then stir to combine. Let it sit until frothy, about 10 minutes.
  2. Combine flour, salt, sugar, yeast with water, and olive oil until dough comes together. On a lightly floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic. Lightly grease a large bowl and add the dough, turning to coat. Cover and allow to rest until doubled, about 2 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 400˚F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or lightly greased. In a small bowl, combine tahini, sugar and cinnamon
  4. Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces. Cover one half. On a lightly floured surface, roll the other half into a large, thin circle. Spread half of the tahini evenly over the circle. roll the dough end to end, gently stretched/rolled to increase the length, then cut into 4-6 equal pieces.
  5. Gently roll and stretch each piece until it is doubled in length. Coil the rope tightly, end to end, into the shape of a snail. Flatten the coil lightly, then roll into a thin circle 4-5 inches wide, about 1/3 inch thick. Repeat with remaining pieces, then remaining dough half.
  6. Place the rolls 1-2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Brush the tops with olive oil and brown sugar.
  7. Bake in preheated oven until golden, 12-15 minutes.