CRAFT by Under My Host® Issue No. 14 Sci-Fi & Fantasy - Page 95

(TAHINI SHORTBREAD COOKIES CONT.) SESAME SEEDS Sesame seeds may be the oldest condiment known to man. They have a high oil content and are the main ingredi- ent in tahini. You can buy them toasted or untoasted. We prefer to buy them toasted for baking purposes because they are drier and will stick to what you are baking more easily. To toast your own sesame seeds, use a small non- stick pan over medium-low heat and spread sesame seeds in an even layer in the pan. Stir them every 30 seconds and continue to toast them until they are golden brown, about 4 minutes. You know you’re obsessed with tahini when the thought of drinking it seems a perfect idea. This is a very rich treat, best served in small cups with sesame seeds and a touch of flaky salt on top. Use a combination of bittersweet and smooth milk chocolate for the perfect texture and richness. This little cup is an indulgence, so find a good-quality chocolate brand, such as Valrhona, and choose a bitter- sweet chocolate with 70 percent cacao. MAKES 11⁄2 QUARTS TAHINI HOT CHOCOLATE 8 ounces milk chocolate, chopped 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (70 percent cacao), chopped 41⁄2 cups whole milk 1⁄2 cup tahini (see page 241) 11⁄2 teaspoons kosher salt 1⁄4 cup toasted sesame seeds (see page 242) Fleur de sel Combine the chocolates in a bowl and set aside. Combine the milk and tahini in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to just under a boil, whisking to incorporate the tahini. Pour the milk mixture into the bowl of chocolate and set aside for 3 to 5 minutes, until the chocolate is almost melted. Stir with a rubber spatula until the chocolates all melt. Once the mixture is smooth, whisk vigorously or use an immersion blender to blend until smooth. Add the salt. To serve, pour into small serving cups and top with toasted sesame seeds and a pinch of fleur de sel. SESAME SEEDS Sesame seeds may be the oldest condiment known to man. They have a high oil content and are the main in- gredient in tahini. You can buy them toasted or untoasted. We prefer to buy them buy them toasted for baking purposes because they are drier and will stick to what you are baking more easily. To toast your own sesame seeds, use a small nonstick pan over medium-low heat and spread sesame seeds in an even layer in the pan. Stir them every 30 seconds and continue to toast them until they are golden brown, about 4 minutes. TAHINI This paste is made with hulled sesame seeds. It has a bittersweet, nutty flavor and a wonderful creamy tex- ture. Tahini is an essential ingredient in many signature Middle Eastern dishes, among them hummus and )͠Mɍх́ɔٕ䁉ѕȰѕɅٔѕɔ%ѡх͕)ѕȰ䁅ͽͅаݡݥձͽѡѕɹ́и́ѡ͕ͅє̰ͥѡ)͕Ʌѕ̰ͼѡɔ͡ձѥɕɔӊé͕]ɕѽɥЁѡɕɥɅѽȁѕȁӊe))]ٔѡɅQմݡ́ɬɽѕɝхɽQɭ䀡ѽմ%Ё́مЁ)䁝ɽ́ȁ齸]ͼɕѡȵɕ͠хɽ ɽ币Mͅݡԁ)ɑȁЁɽ͕ͅѡձɅɕMɅɽAͽ̹ݡ)ɽ͕ٕɅͽɍ̸)IɥѕݥѠɵͥɽMɅ聉Mո5Ʉ-ɥظAՉ͡QMAɕ̰ɥЁAեI)!͔11 )AѽɅ́ɥЃ ؁-ɥѥQ