Some might find these bejeweled skulls morbid or tacky, but I think they’re gorgeous. Maybe I have strange taste, but I’d love to have a room to decorate with dark leather furniture, old books, bell jars, and creepy-beautiful pieces like the ones above. Sadly, I don’t think I’ll have the space or resources to do that for a long time.Read More
Black sesame is a flavor I don’t get much of in my everyday eating, but I like it a lot. I recently bought a small (but surprisingly expensive) jar of black sesame paste and have been dying to use it, so I decided to use a bit of it as flavoring for cookies tonight.
I adapted this recipe for white sesame cookies, and despite the asphalt-like appearance of the finished product, they’re really tasty. The almond flour gives them great texture, too!
Black Sesame Cookies
Adapted from Elena’s Pantry
1 ¼ cups blanched almond flour
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
⅓ cup honey
⅓ cup black sesame paste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Combine dry ingredients (almond flour, salt and baking soda)
- Combine wet ingredients (honey, black sesame paste, oil and vanilla)
- Mix dry ingredients into wet
- Form dough into evenly-sized balls (12-18 or so)
- Place on baking sheet and flatten, leaving enough room for spreading
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until edges begin to brown
- Cool on baking sheet
- Enjoy ♥
Make sure you let them cool! This might seem like a no-brainer to some of you, but I always forget that baked goods harden slightly (or, in this case, significantly) if you let them sit for a while, and nearly burned the bottoms of these waiting for them to get crisp.
By the way, the original recipe calls for tahini, but I’ve never tried it. I imagine it tastes pretty similar to black sesame paste, though, except maybe a little more savory? Black sesame paste has a bit of added sugar… does anyone know for sure?Read More
I got hacked for a bit, which was really discouraging, but now I’m back! Still working on this new layout, so bear with me. I kind of want to do an 1Q84-inspired header, but so far nothing I’ve done has come out right. Oh well. I’ll figure something out eventually.Read More