Sesame bread rolls



75 min

Baking Time

20 min



The favorite bread baking from Thessaloniki! Ideal for breakfast, or snacks, we can find it in different versions: simple, crisp, fluffy, whole or in other variations. Today we make it in its most classic version!


  • 500gr. flour for all uses
  • 250gr. lukewarm water
  • 1 sachet of yeast
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar (short)
  • 1 tbsp salt (cut)
  • 50gr. butter or olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. tahin

For sprinkling:

  • 500gr. water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • Sesame


  1. In a bowl we add the lukewarm water with sugar, yeast and 100 gr. from the flour. Stir and leave for 15 minutes at the edge, covering with a towel, to activate the yeast.
  2. Then add the remaining materials. Mix by hand to homogenise the mixture.
  3. Transfer the dough to the counter and mix for 5 more minutes. Cut into 8 pieces the dough. We take each ball and open in a lane and “close” by making the circle (bun). For easier opening, we can only use olive oil and not flour.
  4. On a plate we add the water and sugar and mix. This helps the rolls to get a great color when cooked. On another dish we add the sesame seeds. Add some water on each roll and then into the sesame.
  5. Place the baking paper on the baking dish and then place the 4 rolls on it. Let the rolls “rest” and get some volume, covering with a towel. They have to double their volume. This process can take from 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on how warm the place is.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees for 17-19 minutes. Serve the rolls! You can add a cheese or chocolate platter.

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