I haven't posted a recipe with tahini in since June so indulge me. It's been my favourite ingredient to add to baking for quite a while now and shows no signs of slowing down. I happened to come across sesame flour recently and thought it would be great to do a little experimenting with it.
If testing out new flours I always start with brownies. They are easy to make and a great way to get to know the flour. For example, coconut flour is super absorbent so you need very little compared to your garden variety plain flour. What I found with sesame flour is that it's best to mix it. It's also quite absorbent and dry (yes I know all flours are dry) but for me it worked best when mixed with some plain flour. To make these gluten free, just switch out the flour for gluten free flour. These brownies are a wonderful mix of sweet, salty, crispy and fudgy. By criteria for brownies is the same as my criteria for cookies and it's such a fine line but perfect when done right. Sesame flour is available from Amazon or I purchased it from Perfectly Paleo online.
On a slightly different note, I love pictures and I love instagram. My phone regularly runs out of memory and I have to delete photos. I like to get a lot of photos printed so that they don't just sit on a computer and Nick has a brilliant almost shrine to Matilda by his desk at work that reminds me veyr much of Homer's set up at the power plant. Now compared to the IG big swingers my food photography is very amateur...but I like to think that's the appeal of my blog, this isn't my job, I just like doing it and I'm always learning.
My IG food photos are always interspersed with pictures of Matilda and so probably get a little lost along the way. Cheerz got in touch with me recently to see if I wanted to try out their photo printing service and I decided it would be a great excuse print my food photos to see them all together. I was really pleased with the quality of the photos and it's so nice to have them all in a little box to keep.
As a little treat I've got a code for you to use to save £4 on any order of at least £8. Just enter SOPHUV at the checkout. There are some great ways to get your photos printed, I also had some of the photo strips printed with pics of Nick and Matilda to adorn my computer at work. Delivery was pretty quick and the photos came in lovely patterned packaging.
Salted Sesame Brownies (DF + GF)
300g (1 1/2 cups) coconut oil, melted
300g (10oz) dark chocolate, broken up
110g (1/2 cup) whole tahini
400g (1 3/4 cups) caster sugar
80g (3/4 cup) cocoa powder
130g (1 cup) plain flour (gluten free if necessary)
70g (1/2 cup) sesame flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- Preheat the oven to 180 C/350 F/gas mark 4. Grease and line a 30cm (11 inch) brownie tin and set aside.
- Melt the coconut oil over a low heat and then add the broken up chocolate. Remove from the heat and keep stirring until the chocolate has melted.
- Whisk in the sugar and then add the eggs one at a time followed by the tahini.
- In a large bowl sift the flours, cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda.
- Add the liquid ingredients to the dry and fold until all the flour has been mixed in.
- Pour into the brownie tin and sprinkle with sesame seeds, cacao nibs and some flaked sea salt.
- Bake for 20 minutes. The top will be crisp but wobbly. Leave to cool completely before slicing.
Thanks so much to Cheerz for letting me try out their prints and for offering all my readers £4 off with the code SOPHUV