Kypriaki Tahinopita (Cyprus Tahini Pie)

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~ Ingredients:

~ For the Dough:
~ 1 kilo minus 2 cups of hard flour
~ 2 cups plus 4 tbsp of soft flour
~ 1 tsp of salt
~ 1 level tbsp of easy baking yeast
~ 1 cup of sugar
~ 3 level tsp of powder cinnamon
~ A pinch of ground mastic
~ A pinch of ground machleb
~ 3 cups of water or as much as needed

~ For the filling:
~ 3 jars or 720gr of tahini paste
~ 3 cups of sugar
~ 3 level tsp of powder cinnamon 


~ Dough Preparation:
~ In a large enough bowl add the two kinds of flour and combine together.
~ Add the salt, sugar, yeast, powder cinnamon and grounded mastic and mahleb.
~ Mix well to combine all the dry ingredients.
~ Gradually add the water as much as needed and knead into normal dough.
~ Occasionally cut the dough vertically and horizontally and knead vigorously until the dough is shiny.
~ Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and set aside for about 30 minutes to rise.

~ Filling Preparation:
~ In a large bowl pour the tahini paste, add the powder cinnamon and mix well to combine the two ingredients.
~ Add the sugar and beat well with a metal spoon because is going to be very stiff.

~ Divide the dough into 13 equal pieces and shape onto a ball.
~ Cover the dough balls with kitchen towel to keep them soft while you work on one at a time.
~ On a flowered surface roll out a dough ball into a sheet of about 12X30 cm.
~ Place 2 heaped tbsp of the tahini mixture in the center of the rolled out dough sheet and spread all over the whole sheet leaving about 1 cm around the edge.
~ Fold the long side of the sheet towards the center covering the 2/3 of the sheet and fold the other 1/3 over the top.
~ Stretch the folded dough sheet a little, fold in half and using your hands, on a non floured surface, shape into a roll of approximately 80 cm long.
~ Take the two ends and swirl them so that a rope-shape is formed about 117 cm long.
~ Roll the two ends of the rope in the opposite directions to form two snail shells.
~ Take one snail-shape piece, place it over the other and press it together with your hands to about 15 cm in diameter.
~ Prepare all the tahinopites the same way following the above directions and place on a lightly floured surface.
~ Sprinkle them lightly with flour and cover them with plastic wrap and set them aside to rise.
~ Once they are risen, place them on a lightly greased baking pan and bake at 325-350 degrees Fahrenheit (see conversions) for about 1/2 an hour or until golden brown.
~ Kypriakes Tahinopites (Cyprus Tahini Pies) can be eaten at any time and particularly during Lenten Times.
~ Good luck and enjoy.