The idea of making this treat came when I was browsing the aisles of an Asian store. The original candy was wholly made of sesame seeds and reminded me a similar confection from my childhood made of peanuts. Because my love of nuts is not a secret, my version combines both sesame seeds and roasted peanuts.
Sticky, crunchy and totally sweet these little treats are perfect to get a sugar fix.
Except the caramel that may be delicate and requires full attention, the candies are pretty simple to do.
I will experiment around the idea with different nuts and a salted caramel version too. I think, they will make a good Christmas gift.
Are you already on a Christmas mode too ? For me, I mainly look forward the summer days and the end of year vacation we have planned. I can’t wait to visit a new region of New Zealand and share it here with you all…
But until then, here’s the recipe for this sesame and peanut candy…
Peanut and Sesame Candy
50g / 1/4 cup sesame seeds
50g / 1/4 cup black sesame seeds
200g / 1 1/3 cup raw peanut
290g / 1 1/2 cup sugar
On a tray lined with baking paper spread peanuts and bake in the oven at 175°C/350°F for 10-15 minutes. Remove the peanut from oven and let them cool. Chop the peanuts roughly and add them to the mix of sesame seeds. Prepare a baking tray lined with baking paper. To make the caramel, I advice you to follow the step-by-step from David Lebovitz. Pour the sugar in a small pan over medium heat. Let the sugar melt slowly and stir gently when it starts to melt and until the desired colour and texture is achieved. Mix in the peanuts and sesame seeds. Remove from fire and with two spoons quickly and carefully scoop the mixture on the baking tray. Let cool completely.
LA SUITE EN FRANÇAIS…
Paprika introduced me to Túró Rudi in one of my first trips to Hungary.
Useless to say that I liked it from the first bite. Whenever we were in a supermarket, I grabbed a couple of them.
It’s a very popular sweet made of quark (túró in Hungarian) coated with chocolate and shape like a stick. The taste is distinctive -to other chocolate bars- and so is the red polka dot packaging.
It was last week, after hosting a Hungarian dinner at home, I had quark left and thought of trying to make some.
The first batch was enough convincing. The most important is to find the right quark, as the creamy kind will not work here. After that, it’s fairly easy to do. And very quick to eat !
Túró Rudi (makes about 12)
2 heaped tbsp icing sugar
1 good pinch of vanilla powder
180gr dark chocolate for coating (there’ll be chocolate left)
Drain well quark by gently squeezing the water out through a muslin cloth.
In a bowl mix well together quark, sugar and vanilla. With a teaspoon, scoop the mixture and roll into a small ball between your palms. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Melt chocolate in a double boiler. Dip one by one quark ball with the help of a toothpick and gently shake off the chocolate excess. Let them cool completely on baking paper. Keep refrigerated if not consumed directly.
La suite en français…
So here we are, at the end of the week and me wondering what I did with it…
This week has been under the sign of sickness -for Paprika- and an obvious lack of energy for me. Happy anyway to have been spared from virus so prone to spread.
So I keep it simple if not basic this week. Fruits and a dash of coconut cream blended into a smoothie.
I’ve prepared this for several days in a row, hopefully to give us a boost with a good intake of vitamins.
I want to keep this good and new habit. And with Summer approaching, fruit choice will be greater and combinations will be endless…
I’ve also had a long conversation with my sisters on Skype yesterday.
Always a good time.
We chatted and laughed a lot too.
And I felt all energized afterwards despite the late hour.
Unexpectedly, laughter had simply worked as an excellent vitality boost…
So I wish you all a fun week-end !
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