Crunchy Sesame Seed Candy

Crunchy Sesame Seed Candy created by mcoqueen

From "The Jewish Holiday Cookbook" by Gloria Kaufer Greene. For the best results, try to make it on a cool dry day.

Ready In:
45mins
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ingredients

directions

  • Coat a 9-inch-square baking pan or dish with oil or non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
  • Put the sesame seeds into an ungreased 10-inch skillet (preferably one with a non-stick surface) and stir them over medium-high heat for about 5 to 10 minutes, or until they are lightly browned and aromatic.
  • Temporarily transfer the seeds (they will be hot) to a bowl, making sure that none are left in the skillet; set aside.
  • Put the honey, brown sugar, cinnamon, and ginger into the skillet and mix them well.
  • Slowly bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  • As soon as the entire mixture comes to a full rolling boil, cook it vigorously for exactly 2 minutes.
  • Remove the skillet from the heat and immediately stir in the sesame seeds until well mixed.
  • Quickly turn out the hot mixture into the prepared pan and use a metal spatula that has been dipped into cold water to press the candy into a very smooth and even layer.
  • Cool the candy in the pan for l5 minutes, or until it is solid but still lukewarm.
  • Run the spatula around the edge of the candy to loosen it.
  • Then turn out the whole slab of candy onto a wooden board or other cutting surface.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut the large square of warm candy into very small squares, diamonds, or rectangles.
  • Cool the candies completely; then store them in an airtight container at room temperature.
  • If a professional look is desired, roll each cooked candy in a small piece of stiff cellophane and twist the ends.
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"From "The Jewish Holiday Cookbook" by Gloria Kaufer Greene. For the best results, try to make it on a cool dry day."
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  1. dmamo919
    Why did it not get crunchy? Were you suppose to stop stirring during the final two minutes of boiling?
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  2. timdill53
    Be careful not to over toast your seeds. They take on a bitter flavor, I found out, not horrible, just could be better if more lightly toasted. I really like the subtle ginger cinnamon flavor in these candies.
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  3. Aaron M.
    I didn't have enough sesame seeds so my candies turned out looking like brittle. Since it's a treat I decided to add organic butter to the brown sugar and honey. OMG.............
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  4. Mary K.
    I did 1/2 sucanat (dehydrated cane juice) and 1/2 raw honey.
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  5. Albina M.
    These are great. Like another reviewed said "I can't stop eating these". My mom was from Sicily and she made them when I was young. I've tried other recipes but this is by far the best. I even added about 1/2 cup of toasted whole almond to it and reduced the sesame seeds to 1 and 1/2 cups, but even with just sesame seeds, it's great.
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