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Walnut brittle in Seville orange leaves Byzantine Recipe

Pastelli se fylla nerantzias


  • 2 cups coarsely ground walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs or finely crushed rusks
  • 1 cup premium quality Greek honey
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • orange flower or rose water
  • sesame seeds, toasted
  • Seville orange leaves


  • Combine the walnuts with the breadcrumbs.
  • Prepare a slab of marble (or a rectangular pan 25×30 cm) by sprinkling with orange or rose water and a thin ever layer of seasame seeds.
  • Bring the honey and sugar to a boil in a heavy-bottomed pan on medium heat.
  • Cook until the syrup for about 10 minutes or until it has reached the hard-ball stage (135*C) on a candy thermometer.
  • A bit of syrup cool in water will form a stiff elastic “ball”.
  • Immediately stir the walnut mixture into the syrup with a wooden spoon and quickly turn out onto the prepared marble or pan.
  • Wet your hands with blosson water and pat the mixture into a rectangle about 1-1,5 cm thick (width of index finger).
  • Smooth out the surface and sprinkle with lots of sesame seeds, pressing them into the brittle.
  • Set the pastelli aside for 1-2 hours.
  • When cool, use a sharp knife to cut into diamond shaped pieces.
  • Serve on Seville (bitter) orange leaves.

(yield: 24 pieces)

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