I made a quick batch of sesame brittle today. I love this stuff and it’s so easy to make. Of course it would have been quicker if I’d remembered to oil the wax paper. It comes off unoiled, but it’s a slow process.
Originally from March of 2010:
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
saucepan, wax paper and baking sheet
In saucepan over high heat, melt butter and sugar and stir to combine. Without stirring, cook until mixture becomes a light to medium caramel color, about 3-5 minutes, then add sesame seeds and stir in. Pour mixture onto a well oiled wax paper or well oiled parchment paper covered baking sheet and spread into an even, thin layer, about 1/8 to 1 /4-inch thick, with wooden spoon. Shape will be irregular, but don’t worry, you are just going to break it into pieces after it cools anyway. Immediately shake a bit of salt over top of mixture and lightly press into caramel using spoon. I used less than a 1/4 tsp for the entire mixture and that was plenty, though your mileage may vary. Allow to set-up for about 10-15 minutes. When brittle has hardened and cooled, break into pieces and enjoy. Store in an air-tight container.
And stir fried green beans with a side of fried rice. Lazy again, the dumplings were from frozen, bought in a bag at the Asian food store the other day. I’ve had these steamed, but I think deep frying them is the way to go. The dipping sauce was quick but good: regular soy sauce, sweet soy sauce, a spoonful of chili paste, two crushed garlic cloves, a splash of rice vinegar and a little Splenda for sweetener, topped with a sprinkling of sesame seeds.
The green beams were fresh, stir fried in hot chili oil then finished with a sauce made from soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, and peanut butter. Yep-peanut butter, a teaspoon or so. Also has some black sesame seeds, I should have used the regular instead. Mrs J reminds me that I should have used regular oil instead as well, there was a bit of a bite from the hot chili oil.
The fried rice? Just the usual, has some ham, a few peas and shredded carrot, a beaten egg stirred in, a tablespoon of oyster sauce for a bit of flavor. It was good.
I know I’ve asked that question a few times. Nothing answers the question better than making a batch to see and taste. Here’s my first go at it.
First thing was to make some tahini. It’s nothing more than a butter made from toasted sesame seeds and olive oil. I made a small batch before I started on the hummus, just wanted to make sure this important ingredient was going to be good enough to take the experiment farther. It worked well enough that I was happy to continue. I’m told that tahini can be bought ready made but I’ve never seen any around here. The Asian grocer in the next town east may have it but I’ve never looked for it. They did have the toasted sesame seeds I used today but I was thinking of another use for those.
I didn’t have any canned garbanzo beans like all the recipes called for, but I did have a bag of dried garbanzos so I fast soaked those and then simmered them for an hour or so. That seemed to be plenty. I made more beans than I really needed so I took 2 cups of them for the recipe and froze the remainder for later.
OK, here we go: Dump 2 cups of garbanzo beans in a food processor, add up to a half cup of tahini, add the zest of a lemon, then its juice. Toss in some crushed cloves of garlic. Most recipes I looked at said one or two, I used six or seven. Add some sea salt, a half teaspoon or so. Add a couple tablespoons of olive oil. Pulse the mixture to get it all chopped, then process on low for a few minutes until it comes together as a smooth paste. Add some water sparingly if it seems dry, or add more lemon juice. (The recipes I looked at all mentioned reserving some of the brine from the canned beans for adding-but some commenters said don’t add the brine.) Taste and adjust as needed. Maybe more lemon juice, more salt, or more of the tahini.
The classic use for hummus seems to be as a dip for toasted triangles of pita bread. I can attest that it works very well for that!