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Peanut and Sesame Candy | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

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.

Peanut and Sesame Candy | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

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 | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

Peanut and Sesame Candy
(makes 15)

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.



Un Air de Fête

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Crafted Christmas Tree

Here we are. The week has finally come. The penultimate week of the year. The Christmas week.

Because it’s been ages I didn’t share a little crafted piece with you, I thought the Christmas tree of this year, would be a good excuse.
Simple, but more colourful than the one of last year. And bigger too, I should say. Much better to welcome more and larger presents at the same time !
And now, we’ll have to decide what will be in our plates for Christmas eve…

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Colour Paper balls
 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Paper Wreath
© 2011 Viviane Perenyi Paper Christmas Tree

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SHF * Festive Season *

It’s maybe Summer down here, but like everyone else, I’m preparing for the Holidays.

Christmas tree and decoration.
At least, I can tick this one.

I’m so happy because my sister M. is coming very very soon and she’s a pistachio lover, so I’m sure she’ll enjoy these chocolates filled with pistachio paste !

As you may know, this month Nic hosts Sugar High Friday and the theme is Holidays, so this is my contribution to this special edition !


The coating maybe a little bit tricky, so I advice:
– For the water-bath, to use a container that is taller than wide, dipping the pistachio paste without touching the bottom of the container will be easier that way.
– To remove from the fridge one by one each piece before dipping, to avoid the melting of the paste in the warm chocolate.
– For a smoother finish on the top (I didn’t do it, for this batch and the pick mark is still visible on the top), line a wire rack with baking paper and make holes with a wooden pick, keeping at least 5 cm distance between each hole. Then place each chocolate, well drained, on the baking paper passing the free extremity of the wooden pick through the hole -like sewing.

For about 20 chocolates:

80g pistachio ground
110g black chocolate, a good quality one.
2tbsp honey (with a mild flavor)
+ (Spices if you want)

Please note, this quantity of chocolate is more than needed to coat, but necessary for dipping.

In a bowl mix with the finger tips pistachio ground and honey. Then press firmly with your palm to combine and form a paste. Flatten the paste (about 1 cm) and shape it in a square. Place the paste in a cling wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Remove from the fridge, cut it in regular squares with a sharp knife and place them back in the fridge. In a water bath melt the chocolate, then keep over low fire. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Then, one by one, dip with the help of a wooden pick, the pistachio cube in the chocolate without touching the side and the bottom of the container. Drain well over the pan any chocolate excess. Then delicately place the chocolate to dry on the baking paper. Process until you are done. Let them cool and dry.

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