I love anything that has sesame seeds. This hard candy is a cinch to make with the inexpensive, pre-toasted seeds sold at Asian grocery stores. Plus, you'll need only four other ingredients.—Lillian K. Julow, Gainesville, Florida
- 2 teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons butter, divided
- 2-1/3 cups packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 cup sesame seeds, toasted
- Grease a baking sheet with 2 teaspoons butter; set aside. In a small heavy saucepan, combine the brown sugar, milk, vinegar and remaining butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 280° (soft-crack stage). Remove from the heat; stir in sesame seeds.
- Immediately pour onto prepared pan; spread into a 12-in. x 9-in. rectangle. Using a sharp knife, score warm candy into 1-1/2-in. squares (do not cut through). Cool completely; break into pieces along scored lines. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 1-1/4 pounds.
Originally published as Benne Candy in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2010, p71
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