Monday, January 9, 2012

Black Sesame Brownies

i like the aroma of black sesame, its nutty aroma and smells tantalizing. When i came across this black sesame brownies recipe here, i thought this is pretty interesting. Brownies are always a very american thing to me and black sesame i believe it's more commonly used by asians, i also see soya sauce in this brownies recipe which the author said that it's a substitution for salt i am very eager to find out how do these black sesame brownies actually taste like. Okay, they are very aromatic, some members of my family like it , i wouldnt say i love these a lot cos i  find  the taste a little buttery for my liking despite its nice cakey texture, i probably prefer a black sesame chiffon.

Recipe ( adapted from Green Cilantro  with minor changes) makes one small loaf
80gm unsalted butter, room temperature
30gm sugar
2 egg yolks
40gms black sesame paste
1/4 tsp soya sauce
1 egg white
10gm caster sugar
pinch of cream of tartar
50gm cake flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp black sesame seeds , for sprinkling

1. In a bowl, cream the butter with an electric mixer on low, until it lightens in colour and texture, then add 30gms of sugar and carefully combine.
2.Add in the yolk one by one, making sure to fully blend into the mixture before each addition.
3.Add the black sesame paste and soya sauce into the mixture.
4.In another clean bowl, beat the egg whites with cream of tartar for 2 minutes, then add the remaining sugar ( 10gm) and beat till the egg white is fluffy and stiff.
5.Combine and sift flour with baking powder. Add half of the whipped egg whites into the black sesame mixture as well as half of the flour mixture. Use a rubber spatula to fold and combine.
6.Add the remaining egg whites mixture into (5) and also the remaining flour mixture, fold and combine.
7.Pour the mixture into a prelined baking tin, sprinkle the black sesame seeds on top and bake for 15minutes at 150C.

p/s - as Joyce from Kitchen Flavours has some personal matters to attend, she wont be able to join in the bake  along for this round. Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids has chosen a Cherry Vanilla Teacake for our next bake along on Jan 30. If you are interested to bake along , you can get the recipe here.


  1. Love your Asian style sesame brownies. This brownies must be extremely delightful with this lovely twist.

    Green Cilantro is one my fav blog to visit as Viv is always good in creating Asian-Western fusion style cuisine.

    My son didn't have steady hands to draw these faces yet but he did get excited looking at these funny looking brownies.

  2. What interesting recipe Lena always I see using black sesame to savoy things and breads but these look absolutely nice the other day I went to a chinese mae
    rket and I sawe black sesam the next time I have to buy look nice:)
    Love chinese market have nice things) lol

  3. Eh, can use black sesame...interesting leh...

  4. the crumb looks very fine and nice.
    I have only recently started to appreciate black sesame.
    Soy sauce in it.. interesting

  5. Lena, what an interesting twist to the classic the idea of sesame...something that I'd love to try.
    Happy New Year, and hope you have a great week ahead :-)

  6. wow, black sesame! Interesting, would really want to try it out :)

  7. Oh my, these are black beauties! I love black sesame alot too but besides chiffon, haven't thought of using it for other bakes. Nice one, will make it for my parents next time. 😊

  8. I have seen this on Viv's blog and love it too but don't know where to get sesame paste. Is it the same as black sesame powder that you grind till it turned into paste? I hope I could meet you in the coming gathering to sample your crabs:D

  9. Can I say this is a brownie good for females? Cos black sesame is very good for us ladies, I heard :)

  10. Hi Lena, your brownies are fantastic, I liked the idea of sesame seeds.
    kisses, have a good week.

  11. Hi Lena, your brownies looks good, I like the sesame aroma too.
    Have a nice day.

  12. What a great idea!They seem really yummy!Happy new year,dear!Kisses from Greece!

  13. I am sure this is fragrant with the addition of black sesame! :)

  14. Very unique, first time coming across black sesame brownies. Interesting, it looks so tempting!

  15. Black sesame brownies, something new.... Added with soy sauce, very interesting recipe ^_^

  16. Love the twist...they look fabulous!

  17. It looked like charcoal kuih, very healthy.

  18. An interesting combination. I love sesame.

  19. Lena...these black beauties looks delicious. Asian brownies...mmmm great idea to use black sesame paste and it must be fragrant too :)

  20. I have no problem with this but I afraid my kids will not appreciate black bake, hahaha.. Sound healthy too .

  21. talk about creative! These are exceptional! A masterpiece that I would love to try

  22. Lena, our brownies has the same color, black :)
    Curious about the taste of sesame in the brownies, must be yum! :)

  23. What an intriguing rendition, Lena. Who can resist a fabulous Brownie Recipe? Not I:)

    Thanks for sharing...

  24. love the idea of black sesame and brownies together - i'm definitely bookmarking to try one day, when i get my hands on black sesame that is ;p

  25. Hi know, if I'd met you under different were too young then, maybe Form 3, ha ha.....but what I mean a lady like you with your creative culinary skills in cake making and cooking....
    Habis cherita.....

    You the kind of lady a man would be proud bring home show his mummy.....and when mummy takes one bite of your this brownies, she'll smack the son's shoulder hard, "What you waiting for..."? Ha ha ha. just one terrific lady. I am very impressed!

    Incidentally, can I have your consent to copy your delicious kimchi friend rice? Never seen before and I love kim chi too.
    Will display it when next I naik angin blog about gorgeous women who can cook instead of my usual sex stories, ha ha ha.

    Will credit ou of course.
    Okay, owe you 2 glasses of Southern comfort, *wink*.
    Stat beautiful and keep a song in your heart.

  26. This is really east meets west. Very impressive !!

  27. This recipe totally change my mind about brownies. I've always thought brownies are just chocolate... never thought there could be sesame brownies! They look really delicious! *drools*

  28. fusion! I like.. I would think black sesame will go so well with chocolate..did you think the choc overpowered the blacksesame though? nice one to bake I think!

  29. What an interesting twist to brownies. Black sesame and soya sauce? I still cant get my head around it! Looks great though, might have to give this a try and get everyone to guess the ingredients! :)

  30. Emm... I can literally smell your brownies from here. Never come across black sesame brownies though ~

  31. Hi Lena, your brownies looks wonderful, I have not heard of black sesame or soy sauce in a brownie before, interesting combination. I have just post my brownie, made it and am glad I did not miss our Bake-Along. Everything is fine now, thank you for your concern, Lena. Hugs!

  32. My dear Lena, if you have any left, may I have them? I am sure they will make fantastic rum balls!

  33. Soy sauce!! What an interesting flavour. It makes me intrigue.

  34. Soy sauce and black sesame in brownies, these are quite an unusual ingredients for a brownie. I'm loving your originality!

  35. what a unique brownie, and I love black sesame. would love to try this combination with flourless brownie recipe. thanks for the inspiration!