Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Laughing Sesame Balls

With Chinese New Year just around the corner (Thursday February 19th), I thought it would be good to share some of my favourite New Year recipes.  These tasty treats got their name because when cooked, the balls open slightly and resemble a laughing head.  Eating them will bring lots of happiness in the new year so eat up!
Makes approximately 40 portions

- 200g raw sugar
- 400g plain flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 50g rice bran oil
- 2 eggs
- 20g water
- Sesame seeds, to cover balls in
- Rice bran oil, for deep frying

- Mill sugar speed 9 for 9 seconds
- Add flour, baking soda and baking powder and mix for 5 seconds speed 5
- Add rice bran oil and eggs and mix speed 4 for 10 seconds
- Scrape sides then mix for a further 10 seconds speed 4
- Add 20g water and kneed 30 seconds at interval speed
- Empty dough onto bread mat.  Divide into four portions and then divide those portions into a further 10 portions. If the dough is slightly wet, add a little flour.  The dough needs to be wet so the sesame seeds stick to it.
- Roll each portion into a ball (diameter of about a 50 cent piece)
- Cover each ball in sesame seeds
- Heat rice bran oil in a small saucepan and fry each ball until golden brown... and enjoy!


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