Chocolate Tahini Twists

Chocolate Tahini Twists
COOK TIME: 1 hour 40 minutes



This tempting pastry bread is reminiscent of halva, a Middle Eastern fudgy confection made from tahini. The flavor combination of sweet rich chocolate and toasty, nutty sesame seeds is a revelation — especially for fans of chocolate and peanut butter. Serve the twists at brunch or with afternoon coffee or tea.


Place milk and butter in a microwave-proof bowl. Microwave for 1 minute and stir until butter melts completely and temperature measures 110-120°F.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, combine the milk mixture, yeast, and about 1 tablespoon sugar. Cover with a towel and let the yeast activate for 5 minutes. Add the egg yolks, remaining sugar, and salt. Add 2 1/2 cups flour, and mix until combined. Switch to a dough hook, add the remaining 1/2 cup flour, and knead for 5 minutes on medium until a soft, smooth dough forms. Lightly grease a large bowl with oil and place the dough in the bowl, turning the dough to coat with oil on all sides. Cover bowl with a clean towel and set aside in a warm place until dough is doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Divide dough into two equal pieces. Roll one half out to a 14x9-inch rectangle. Spread the tahini over the dough within 1/4 inch of the sides. Sprinkle evenly with chopped chocolate. Roll out the remaining dough into another 14x9-inch rectangle and place on top of the filling. Press the edges together to seal and then cut into 9 long (14-inch) strips. Take each strip and twist it about 6 or 7 times. Place one end on work surface and spiral the twist around the center, tucking the end down into the middle. Brush the base of the Bread Oven with oil. Carefully place the twisted rolls into the base, arranging snugly to fit. Cover with lid and set in a warm place for about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°F. Place covered Bread Oven in preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes. Uncover and bake 10-15 more minutes longer, until golden-brown. Brush tops of rolls with honey while warm and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.


  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all purpose flour, plus extra for rolling
  • Vegetable or olive oil
  • 3/4 cup good quality tahini
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped bittersweet chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds


 - Recipe from Le Creuset Copyright ©2023


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