Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Bunny bakes... Sesame cookies + recipe

It's has been ages since the bunny baked something... Since I got home earlier today after taking half day leave to get car car fixed at the workshop ($$$ flyyyy), I dug out my old recipe for some Chinese sesame seed cookies. It's just in time for CNY too!

Sesame cookies baked by the bunny...
These little gems are crunchy and nutty fragrance from the sesame seeds smell simply wonderful. The cookies themselves aren't too sweet.

Want to try baking the cookies yourself? The recipe is just below...

Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds*
1 cup butter (softened)
3/4 cup caster sugar
1 large egg (abt 57g)
1 teaspoon almond essence
Additional sesame seeds for coating the cookie

*To toast, dry fry the sesame seeds at low heat until the seeds become fragrant and slightly browned

Preparation
1. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
2. Cream butter with the sugar till light and fluffy. Beat in egg and almond essence.
Beating in egg & almond essence
3. Fold in sifted flour mixture and toasted sesame seeds.
4. Divide the dough into 4 parts. Roll each part into a log with cling wrap.
5. Refrigerate the logs for at least 2 hours or until firm enough to handle. (I was lazy to wait so I dumped the logs into the freezer for about 20 mins)
6. Preheat oven to 180 deg C.
7. Slice the logs (about 1/4 inch for each slice) and coat/press the additional sesame seeds onto one side of each slice.
8. Place on parchment lined baking sheet 2 inches apart (the dough spreads and expands a lot).
9. Bake for about 16-18 mins or until golden.
10. Store in a dry, airtight container.

The final product

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