Tahinli Ekmek | Turkish Tahini Bread – #BreadBakers


After a month long dedication to dosas and pancakes, I am back to my first love – breads, more specifically the yeast based bread. A friend gifted me a bottle of tahini and that got me excited to use it in a bread before all of it goes down the hummus route. So when I saw the theme for this month’s Bread Bakers to be Middle Eastern Breads, I knew a God somewhere is there just for me. I also owe a special thanks to Karen of Karen’s Kitchen Stories for hosting this month’s event and picking this theme at the perfect time.

Why I love this Bread?

For starters, it has tahini and if you also love its nutty flavour, this bread is sure to make you happy. Another reason is that this is a single rise bread and perfect for the days you feel a little lazy and yet want to have some delicious bread. Have tahini and don’t wantย  hummus? Bake it in a bread!

This Tahini Bread is originally from the southern part of Turkey where tahini is a popular ingredient for sauces, dips and baking. The sesame and nigella seeds add a lovely texture to the bread.

For similar recipes, check out Bread Rolls, Kimbula Banis -Sri Lankan Sweet Buns and Eliopsoma -Greek Olive Breadsticks


Recipe adapted from here

Makes 6 bread rolls


For the bread roll

220 gms All purpose flour

3.5 gms / 1 tsp Instant yeast

2.5 gms / 1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Sugar

22 ml Olive oil

120 ml Warm water

For the filling and topping

15 ml Tahini

2 tsp Nigella seeds

2 tsp White sesame seeds

1 tbsp Olive oil


  • Mix the flour, yeast, salt and sugar in a bowl
  • Add the olive oil and warm water
  • Mix well to combine and ensure no dry flour remains
  • Knead the dough till it is smooth and elastic, around 10 minutes by hand
  • Cover and set it aside till it doubles in volume, around 45 minutes to 1 hour
  • Preheat the oven at 180C and line a baking tray with parchment
  • Divide the dough into 6 parts
  • Take the first roll and roll it out with a rolling pin into a small oval
  • Spread the tahini in the middle
  • Roll it like a cigar and pinch the ends to ensure the tahini does not flow out
  • Fold the cigar shaped roll into itself to form a bun shaped roll
  • Place it on the baking tray
  • Repeat the same procedure for the rest of the dough
  • Brush the top of all the rolls with olive oil and sprinkle the sesame and nigella seeds generously on them
  • Gently tap to ensure the seeds stick on the rolls
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, till the top of the rolls become golden brown in colour
  • Cool for 10 minutes
  • Serve warm with hummus, butter, jam or cheese
  • Enjoy!

Tahini Bread

This is my post for this month’s Bread Bakers theme of Middle Eastern Breads. Check out what the others Bread Bakers have baked for this theme –

#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to foodlustpeoplelove@gmail.com.


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