Tahini Custard Pie

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Tahini custard pie is the most luscious, creamy, sweet, sesame custard pie with a sesame seed cookie-like pie crust. A decadent treat Aladdin himself would approve of.

How To Make A Tahini Custard Pie

Tahini Custard Pie

A fusion of the Middle East and France. But then… that is my heritage, so it would only stand to reason that I woke one day dreaming of this pie.

My family’s roots are from Syria, yet my last name is French. France took control of Damascus back in 1920 and so I presume I’ve got a French great, grandpa somewhere!

Tahini Custard Pie is not a recipe you will find anywhere other than here, because I created it. Furthermore, I had the opportunity to prepare this spectacular tahini custard pie on national television; Episode 3 of The Great American Recipe on PBS!

While the judges first made the comment that it’s appearance was fifty shades of beige, the first bite sent them off on a magic carpet ride!

Tahini Custard

While apparently the British invented custard (imagine that), it was the French that first created the creme brûlée and it was this type of a custard I was after in my tahini pie.

Something sweet, creamy, and yet nutty without being made with nuts; delicate. And so… it was on my birthday in December 2016 that I first created this luscious recipe, now one of my favorite pies. Both a full size pie or smart tart size tart can be made from this recipe. 

tahini custard tarts
Tahini Custard Tarts

Tahini Custard Pie

Tahini is most widely used in Middle Eastern cooking, and it is said that the best sesame seeds come from Ethiopia, a very Arabic country tucked away inside of Africa.

As a kid, one of my favorite desserts was Halvah, a delicious confection made from tahini and nuts, usually pistachio. 

I wanted to make a pie that would remind me of both a sesame cookie and a creamy version of halvah.

With a beautiful blend of cream, eggs and tahini, this tahini custard pie comes together quickly. Either cardamom or cinnamon would be a most traditional flavor to use in this pie, the choice is up to you. 

ancient stories and sesame pie
Ancient Stories and Sesame Pie

Tahini

I’m sure you have only, always had tahini in a savory dish, like Hummus. But just think, for a moment, that tahini is just pureed sesame seeds. Therefore they are also fabulous in a sweet dish as well.

I’d also bet that you haven’t had hummus, made with tahini, in as many ways as I make it!

I have purchased a variety of different brands of tahini over the years. I have yet to find one that was better than another. I found them all to be good.

Homemade Tahini

Then, I tried making my own tahini. Oh my… It was a simple process of soaking sesame seeds, draining and pureeing them with a mild flavored oil and just like that, I had homemade tahini.

The taste was a little nuttier simply because it was made fresh, very creamy and easy to use in a variety of recipes. 

Ingredients Needed

  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Sesame flour or oat flour
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Egg whites
  • Milk
  • Sesame seeds
  • Eggs
  • Tahini
  • Half and half
  • Farina
  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon or cardamom
  • Raw coarse sugar
tahini custard pie
Tahini Custard Pie

Equipment Needed

  • Food processor or mixer
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Wooden spoon
  • Rolling pin
  • Baking dish or pie plate
  • Spatula
  • Oven

Tahini Custard Pie

Recipe by rdaumitCourse: PiesCuisine: Mediterranean
Servings

8

servings

Ingredients

  • Pie Crust

  • Butter – 1 stick (8 tablespoons), cold

  • Flour – 1 1/2 cups

  • Sesame flour – 1/4 cup (or ground sesame seeds or substitute with oat flour)

  • Sugar – 1/4 cup

  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Egg white – 1 egg (save the yolk for the custard)

  • Milk – 1/4 cup, cold

  • Sesame seeds – 1 tablespoon, to sprinkle on the crust before baking.

  • Custard

  • Eggs – 2 whole eggs plus 2 egg yolks

  • Sugar – 3/4 cup

  • Tahini – 1/4 cup

  • Half and half – 1 cup

  • Farina – 1/3 cup (also known as cream of wheat)

  • Vanilla – 1 teaspoon

  • Cinnamon or Cardamom – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Raw coarse sugar – 1 tablespoon, to sprinkle across the top

Directions

  • Pie Crust
  • In a food processor, place the dry ingredients with butter and pulse until it crumbles together.
  • Mix the milk and egg white together. While the machine is running, pour in the wet mixture. It should come together into a ball quickly. If wet, add a sprinkle more flour. If dry, add a drizzle more milk.
  • On a floured surface, roll the dough out and place in the pie dish or cut to fit several tart pans. Crimp. Brush the edges of the pie crust with a little water or milk and sprinkle the sesame seeds around the edges.
  • Custard
  • Preheat oven to 400. The pie will bake for 10 minutes then reduce the oven to 325
  • Place all the custard ingredients in a bowl and whisk until light and frothy. Pour into the pie crust. Sprinkle the top with coarse sugar and a few remaining sesame seeds.
  • Bake for 10 minutes on 400. Lower to 325 and bake until the custard is firm and the crust is golden, about 40 minutes.

Notes

  • Dairy-free option – coconut oil can be used in place of butter for a dairy free pie crust and full cream coconut milk can be used in place of milk in the custard.  
tahini custard pie
Tahini Custard Pie

 

My Muffin Madness

 

In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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Dale
Dale
1 month ago

Just watched you on PBS and heard your story of your mom making this pie for your family all the time. So sweet

 
Amy In NH
Amy In NH
1 month ago

Thanks for posting the recipe. Love tahini and recently thought, tastes a lot like unsweetened peanut butter, there must be more things to make with this. And voila la! You appeared! I’m looking forward to trying this. Thanks again.

 

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