Tried a couple of new recipes out today. The first is from Earth Fares October Flyer and is called Pasteli:Pasteli – Sesame Honey Candy (an ancient Greek recipe)
2 cups sesame seeds
1 1/2 cups honey
(optional: ¼ cup of chopped almonds or pistachios)
In a heavy pan, cook the honey and sesame seeds together gently for
about 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the mixture is golden
brown. Test in cold water – when a soft ball is formed, the sweet is
ready. Pour onto a marble slab or greased pan. Cover with waxed paper.
Use a rolling pin to flatten to about 1/2-inch thickness. As the candy
cools, cut into sticks about 3-inches long and 1/2-inch wide. Wrap the
sticks individually in waxed paper and store in a tin box.
For Halloween: use sturdy metal cookie cutters to create fun shapes.
Note: You can also toast the sesame seeds (and optional nuts) in the oven for an added flavor. Spread them on a baking sheet and place in a moderately pre-heated oven (350°F) for about 5 minutes. Then use in the recipe as noted.
First off, I used pistachios (that’s what I had on hand) and then had to block off the stove from Wilbur (the magician who makes food disappear from the counter tops) and then had to cover it with tinfoil when the cat tried to get into it. You would think we never fed these goofballs but they eat more than any of the rest of us do!!
I also started my first pot of boiled peanuts! The recipe I used came from simply recipes and follows:Boiled Peanuts
- 1 pound of raw “green” peanuts (not the color green, but fresh raw peanuts which are called green peanuts)
- 1/4 cup kosher salt (or 2 Tbsp table salt)
- 4 cups water
- 2 Tbsp Old Bay Seasoning, smoked paprika, shrimp boil mix, or even star anise
I added Old Bay (a Maryland favorite!) and used the crock pot. I can hardly wait for the finished product 🙂
HAPPY DOT EVERYONE!!