Tahini roll
Alternative namesTahinopitta, Tahinli çörek
TypeSweet roll
Place of originArmenia
Region or stateSouth Caucasus, Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, Levant
Main ingredientsDough, tahini, sugar, cinnamon

A tahini roll or tahini bread roll is a sweet pastry found commonly in the cuisines of Arab countries, Armenia, Cyprus, Greece and Turkey.

They are a popular street food in Cyprus.[1] In the Cypriot capital of Nicosia, street vendors with carts or bikes, as well as bakeries sell tahini rolls.[2]

Its name varies by location. In Arab countries it is known as khubz tahini.[3] The Armenian name is Թահինով Հաց. In the Greek language it is known as ταχινόπιττα (tahinopitta) or τασιηνόπιττα (tasinopitta); in Cypriot Greek the pronunciation is "tashinopita" with a "sh" sound as opposed to "h" in mainland Greek.[4] In the Turkish language, the general term is tahinli çörek, although in Cypriot Turkish it is known simply as tahınlı or tahınnı.[5]

The dough includes sugar and oil and has a texture between a bread and a cookie. It is leavened with yeast and can be baked after the first rise.[3] Sometimes the pastry may be soaked in syrup of sugar or honey, and flavored with cinnamon.[1]

Tahini rolls are made by rolling the dough flat, spreading it with the tahini mixture, sprinkling with sugar, and rolling into a log shape. The dough is then sliced into smaller pieces and flattened to form a circle.

According to Palestinian chef Sami Tamimi, the pastry originates in Armenia.[6]

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  1. ^ a b Waverman, Lucy (30 June 2015). "Recipe: Traditional Cypriot tahini pies". The Globe and Mail.
  2. ^ Çavuşoğlu, Mehmet; Çavuşoğlu, Olena (2018). "Gastronomi Turizmi ve Kıbrıs Sokak Lezzetleri Üzerine Bir Araştırma". Güncel Turizm Araştırmaları Dergisi. 2 (Ek 1): 644.
  3. ^ a b Perry, Charles (18 April 2007). "Tahini Cookies". Los Angeles times.
  4. ^ Drogari, Eleni. "Dancing the self: Cypriot sociocultural identity and contemporary choreography" (PDF). Roehampton University.
  5. ^ Kabataş, Orhan (2007). Kıbrıs Türkçesinin etimolojik sözlüğü. Kıbrıs Türk Yazarlar Birliği. p. 536.
  6. ^ Brehaut, Laura (10 July 2020). "Cook this: Kubez el tahineh — sweet tahini rolls — from Falastin". National Post.