I would like to take this opportunity to wish my family and friends here and more importantly abroad, a very happy and Blessed Eid Mubarak, be it on Sunday or Monday! It is during this time that I especially miss my Mom and Grandmother who made this momentous occasion so very special! I shall never forget!
To my brother and sister in South Africa, I wish you were here to be able to celebrate with us on Sunday! “Ek mis die ou dae, toe ons klein was en presente gekry het van ons ouers!!!Meestal mis ek vir Moeder!!!!
A tea convivial
There is nothing more healing than setting a convivial atmosphere for a tea ceremony. The clinking of pretty tea cups, pinkie pointing upward, congenial chatter and not forgetting those deliriously good confections are all part of this ambiance and mostly enjoyed by women, I might add! If ever you have shared this “frivolous female fetish” ( as my sweetie puts it) with me, then we are obviously best buds! Nevertheless, whoever, comes to my door, there is always a cuppa waiting for ya! As a matter of fact, I even went as far as introducing this ritual to my friends at the yearly camping get- togethers. Now, even they remind me of the confections and the “Rooibos tee”, please! as if I would ever forget!
After years of soul searching, I have rationalized that these very tea ceremonies are what give me my cheery disposition! LOL!
Buttery sesame cookies embraced by dark chocolate
Sometimes, I have my ” Rooibos tee” with a spot of milk and other times with a slice of orange or lemon.
They say that one’s character is reflected in one’s food and here I put my own spin on this recipe by taking some seemingly disparate ingredients and made it work to give you a little nutty, orangy, crispy, creamy, buttery cookie.
Sesame cookie Recipe: (Please use organic ingredients when possible)
- 4 oz unsalted organic butter
- 2/3 cup organic brown sugar less 1 tablespoon
- 1 T organic orange marmalade
- 1 t ground ginger
- 1 t cinnamon
- 1/2 t cardamom
- pinches of ground nutmeg, clove
- 2 organic egg yolks
- 1 t orange zest
- 1 t pure vanilla extract
- 1 t pure orange extract or orange flower water( I used the latter)
- 1 1/2 c organic all purpose flour
- 7 pkgs sesame snaps( picture below)
- Lindt intense orange dark chocolate
Pre-heat the oven to 225 degrees
Beat the butter, sugar, marmalade and all the spices until creamy ( there has to be no sugar bits). Add the egg yolks and continue beating until incorporated. Add the zest and all the extracts and incorporate and lastly fold in the flour. The dough has to be soft. Refrigerate the dough for half an hour, roll out to about quarter inch and then just use the sesame snap as a guide as I did and cut out cookies with a sharp knife. Bake the cookies on a silpat or parchment for about 12 mins, remove from the oven, top with a sesame snap. Remember to adjust the size of the cookie to the sesame snap at this point, especially since the cookie is still hot and soft. Place back in the oven for three mins, just so that the sesame snap has fused with the cookie. When the cookies are cooled, dip in melted dark chocolate and enjoy! Yields about 25 cookies,
Thanks for stopping by!