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Tuesday, 17 October 2006

Sesame biscuits

One of the things I miss most is baking food in an oven. We don't have big ovens here - there just isn't any market for it. Of course, you can pay about $500 to $1000 for an oven at the home centre, but it really is something we have to adapt without. We have a microwave 'combi' oven which also works as an oven, but it is the size of a microwave oven so you can't exactly do roast chicken in it! However, we are impressed at how 'smart' this combi-oven is. The microwave function automatically detects when your food is hot enough and tells you when it's ready.

I love goma (sesame seeds). It's so fragrant and delicious, and pretty good for you (it's high in iron!). I decided to try them in biscuits. I even had the bright idea of using sesame oil in the dough!! It is so yummy :) If I was making this for just myself to eat, I would bake it longer and make the biscuits harder and more crunchier.. Perhaps next time I ought to do a 'Jean' batch ;)


90g butter (softened to room temperature)
90g sugar
1 egg
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp sesame oil
1.5 cups (200g) flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
lots of toasted sesame seeds (I didn't measure but it would be about 1/4 cup?)
water as needed


1) Preheat oven to 180degC.
2) Cream the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl.
3) Mix in the egg, vanilla extract and the sesame oil into the wet mixture.
4) In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and sesame seeds.
5) Gradually add the dry mix to the wet mix and mix well.
6) If dough is dry and crumbly, add water a little at a time as needed until dough is no longer dry.
7) Roll tablespoonfuls of the dough, flatten slightly and place on a baking tray that has either been lightly greased or lined with baking paper. Sprinkle with extra sesame seeds. Makes about 20.
8) Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

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