Koulouria Thessalonikis | Kitchen Lab by Akis Petretzikis


  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbs honey
  • 1 tsp (8 gr.) dry yeast
  • 1 cup (250 ml.) tepid water
  • For the coating
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 Tbs sugar
  • 2 cups sesame seeds


  • 1.Heat oven to 200C.
  • 2.Dilute the honey with the tepid water (room temperature) and when completely combined, stir in the yeast. Set aside for 10 minutes for it foam.
  • 3.In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours and salt, stirring together for a couple of minutes. Stir in the yeast mixture then beat well for 7 or 8 minutes until a soft dough forms; it should be elastic and easily lift from the bowl.
  • 4.Lightly grease the sides of a bowl. Transfer dough, cover with plastic wrap, and let rest for 30-90 minutes. The dough should rise to about double.
  • 5.Prepare coating: dissolve sugar in 2 cups water. Spread sesame seeds in a shallow pan.
  • 6.Lightly grease kitchen counter or other work surface. Place dough on surface and divide into 10 pieces. Roll pieces into balls.
  • 7.Knead each ball into a sausage shape, then gently turn ends towards each other to form a circle or koulouri. The rings should be roughly the same size.
  • 8.Carefully dip each ring into the sugar water and then into the sesame seeds. Place koulouri on a baking sheet lined with paper and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. (For deeper flavor and softer texture, add 2 tablespoons tahini to the dough.)
  • 9.Serving idea: try with feta and tomatoes. Yum!
  • Servings : 10 Koulouri Thessalonikis
  • Ready in : 130 Minutes
  • Recipe Type : Vegetarian