Cinnamon and sesame swirls with tahini drizzle
Waitrose and Partners

Cinnamon and sesame swirls with tahini drizzle

A sweet bun always commands gasps of amazement, as though you've achieved the impossible, but they're easier than you might imagine. The flavour here is based on the classic Scandinavian cinnamon bun, but with a more Middle Eastern accent from nutty tahini and fruity apricots.

    • Makes12
    • CourseDessert
    • Prepare25 mins
    • Cook20 mins
    • Total time45 mins
    • Plusproving


    • 250g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
    • 250g strong white bread flour
    • 40g caster sugar
    • 5g fine salt
    • 2 7g sachets fast action/easy bake yeast
    • 50g unsalted butter, diced
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 large egg yolk
    • flavourless oil (such as sunflower), for greasing


    • 180g unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 140g light brown muscovado sugar
    • 40g plain flour
    • 3 tbsp ground cinnamon
    • 2 tbsp sesame seeds, plus extra for topping
    • 125g dried apricots, finely chopped


    • 30ml whole milk
    • 15g unsalted butter
    • 25g tahini
    • 175g icing sugar