Sesame seed and honey sticks from Mali (Meni-meniyong)

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  • Heat the sesame seeds in a shallow pan without any oil, until they begin to jump about and turn golden.
  • Shake the pan so that they do not stick or burn.
  • Allow to cool.
  • Using a heavy pan, heat the margarine and then add the honey.
  • Stir continuously until the mixture begins to caramelise.
  • Pour the sesame seeds into the warm mixture and stir thoroughly.
  • Transfer the mixture into a flat tin.
  • As the mixture cools, shape it into sticks either by cutting or rolling, and then coating it with more sesame seeds if required.

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  1. Charishma_Ramchandani
    YUMMY! These are "To Die For", will say my dad when he has these! He loves eating anything with sesame seeds(as we believe that it makes you a rich man if you have this on New Years' eve, but dad likes it all year through;!). I have made this for him today (I doubled the recipe too!!), but I'm going to gift these to him on Fathers' Day, the 15th of June! These look really good and taste wonderful plus were so easy to make! A definite keeper! Thanks for posting!!
  2. Gundy Girl
    If you are having trouble with this recipe I have a theory. There would be too much honey if you did not allow it to boil down some. I brought it to a high boil and stirred quickly for about 3min. This allowed some of the liquid to evaporate. Creating the brittle that you are desiring. Also I let it cool completely and then break it apart into random sizes chunks. I did a half recipe using 1/2 of sesame seeds, 2tbls of butter and 1/2 cup of honey. Hope this can help anyone having trouble
  3. emily_eek
    The ratio of sesame seeds to honey just isn't right. Far too much honey. Very disappointing.
  4. BarnArch
    Sorry Sorry Sorry, far too much honey even after I doubled the sesame seeds. A very sticky mess! Not bad taste though.
  5. zednbee
    I have always wanted to make these. I usually buy something similar form the supermarket for myself and for my kids as an altenative to sweets. These were super easy and taste heavenly. Can't wait for the kids to get home and taste them, if there's any left:)


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