Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Sesame Balls (笑口棗)

One of my childhood memory of Chinese New Year was that my sisters and I would gather at the table making fried dumping (油角) with my Grandmother.  We rolled the pastry into round shape and stuffed it with coconut and peanut filling.  We made trays and trays of them then Grandmother would fried them and stored them into big tins to serve our guests for the new year.  We had a big family so many uncles and aunties would come to visit us and bought us lots of new year's gifts including fresh fruit basket, cookies, chocolate and even live chicken.  I always look forward for getting new clothes and new shoes to wear, eating lots of lollies and receiving red pockets money from the elders.  Mother always remind me to keep smiling and say nice greetings to everyone.  Father would be busy at buying fresh flowers to decorate the house.  That was a very sweet memory.

Sesame ball is one of my favourite new years' treat.  I like its Chinese name translated as smiley ball as it crack opened in the middle.  Chinese New Year is a special festival to celebrate with everyone cheering for a better year.   

Sesame Balls

1/2 cup self-raising flour
1 1/2 cup corn flour
2/3 cup caster sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoon oil
5 1/2 tablespoons water
sesame seeds 

  1. Combine self-raising flour, corn flour and sugar in a bowl. 
  2. Beat the egg in another bowl and add in the oil and the water, stir till well combined.
  3. Draw a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in the liquid ingredients to form a dough.  Cover with a towel and rest the dough for 30 minutes. 
  4. Heat enough oil in a deep fryer.  Turn it down to low heat.  Roll 2 cm small balls from the dough and cover them with sesame seeds.  Place them into the deep fryer until they are crack opened and golden brown.  Drain the excess oil and store them in an air-tight container when cooled.
Note:  If you dip the balls into water then roll it with sesame seeds will help the seeds to stick to the dough.


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