Saturday, September 08, 2007

open sesame!

the following sesame cookies which we call bizcochos are extremely tender and highly addictive. they are mildly flavoured with vanilla, sesame seeds and aniseeds and sometimes orange flower water.

they will stay at their ultimate best for only about 3 or 4 days, so either freeze them or feed family and friends!

bizcochos de sésamo

this recipe makes quite a few, so you may want to cut it in half. if you do, just use 1 1/2 eggs. use the half egg for something else. do not use two whole eggs.

makes ~ 60 + (for full recipe)


500 gr flour (125 g = 1 c, so about 4 cups)
3 eggs
250 g sugar (200 g = 1 c, so about 1 1/4 cups)
25 cl vegetable oil (a little less than 8 oz/1 c)
1/8 tsp salt

3 tsp baking powder (11 g or 1 pkg levure alsa)
2 pkg vanilla sugar
2 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp (or less) aniseeds

pinch of salt

to coat:

1 pkg vanilla sugar
3 tbsp sesame seeds

oil to coat hands or orange flower water


preheat oven to 350F.

in a large bowl, mix the eggs with the sugar and then add the oil and salt.

in another bowl, mix together to blend the flour, baking powder, pinch of salt, vanilla sugars and sesame and aniseeds.

add the dry to the wet and blend well.

the mixture will be sticky but workable.

in a small bowl, mix the 3 tbsp of sesame seeds with the vanilla sugar.

prepare baking sheets with parchment paper or greased foil.

grease your hands with either oil or orange flower water. take pieces of dough about the size of a tablespoon and roll into a ball. regrease or rewater hands as necessary.

press each ball into the the sesame seed mix and place on the sheets with space. they will expand.

bake for about 15 minutes or only until lighly browned.

remove and let cool for 2 minutes. let cool completely on a rack.



Maninas: Food Matters said...

Hey this sounds fantastic! i love the combination of flavours!

burekaboy — said...

hi maninas - :) thanks for the comment. hope you're doing well.

you're right, the flavours go very well together. i usually make the full recipe cause they get eaten pretty fast.

Anonymous said...

How much is 2 packages of vanilla sugar? I usually make my own.

burekaboy — said...

hi ceri :) - a pkg of vanilla sugar equals (mine at least) 10 grams which is basically a good tablespoon. the vanilla sugar i use is coarser than average granulated - it won't matter though. it's more for the flavouring.