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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.



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The countdown started…

In one of the bookshop downtown, I stumbled upon gift wrap sheets from BeauMonde designed by Hanna Werning. And they look perfect for my Christmas presents.

Not really Christmas colours ?

Yes, I know and that’s why I like it ! As you know, summer starts to heat seriously the Southern hemisphere and these bright colours match much better the season than the traditional ones.

gift6Some people are under stress to organise their Christmas diner, I am for Christmas gifts. That doesn’t mean I get organised. I’m always and invariably late every year…!

Since I left home, more than I decade ago, I have to think about presents that are nor too big, nor too heavy and obviously not fragile as they will be shipped overseas… That’s a challenge, believe me.

But this year, I decided to make it simple. Everyone will get the same gift and to add variety, I customised the packaging.

Boxes are now ready, just need to place the gift in…

And what’s about you ? How is it going on on your side ? At least, I hope you have fun decorating your Christmas tree, shopping for the best gifts or simply enjoying this typical end of year frenzy !

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