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Quick food: Sesame candy by Majnouna Quick food: Sesame candy by Majnouna
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More Lebanese treats, these are traditional candies. They remain slightly soft and sticky when cool, and the taste may surprise you, not as sweet as you might expect. It's important to make sure all the sugar's melted before you pour the mix, otherwise they won't hold together!

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Akrianna Featured By Owner Edited Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I remember how my grandpa used to buy me similar treats (bude made with honey) when I was little, we both loved to eat themwhile walking from school, nursery, or just to enjoy nature - since then I have not seen them much in shops :) Thank you for the recipe, I must try! :)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Professional General Artist
How nice! Enjoy!
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3Eira Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Great! And easy tasty vegan recipe, I can't wait to try it! :)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Cool!
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Jasmo Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Tried making these yesterday and they came out really well, my husband and I love them. They'll be something we take to friend's and family's houses for a treat. :D

The only trouble I had was the sugar melting, it took over forty minutes of stirring! I'm new to a gas stove so my timidity could have a hand in it but, patience won out.

When it looked like the sugar was melted(nice and golden brown) I put it on a shallow, wax paper lined tray and cut it as soon as I could. The paper made it easy to lift the whole thing up and snap off the rectangles when it cooled but, the sugar may not have entirely melted because it wasn't gooey enough to 'pour' out. They're still good and are holding together like they should(I think they are, I've never had this candy before!;p)

Thank you so much for these recipes! :hug:
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow, sorry for the late reply! I've been having trouble with the melting also and I'm puzzled. Sometimes it happens well and quickly, others it doesn't happen at all. As I've been moving around, I wonder if it's the sugar type or the stove. Maybe the sugar type though. Maybe you can try with caster next time, which is finer and should melt faster... Also I wonder if it could be the pan; a deeper pan may hold heat better and accelerate the process? I have to try it again myself.
It'll never be liquid enough to pour out, what you describe sounds about right :D If the rectangles don't crumble when picked up, then things have gone to plan!
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fandomfan Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist
Seems like a softer variation of a Polish sweet I've had before. I'll have to give this a go!

These illustrated recipes are a good idea.
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erenais Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist
Ooh, I wanna try this :D I only have black sesame seeds in my house, do you think it would still taste good or would I have to get the white ones?
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emortalcoil Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Update:  OK, so it seems to have held together a bit more than I had first thought.  Still a bit more like granola in texture than I think is normal, though.  Obviously I should try it again sometime.  *Still* tasty, IMO.
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emortalcoil Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I tried making it using black sesame and brown sugar this evening.  This was my first time ever trying the recipe so maybe I did something wrong, but the sugar would only partially melt, which I then tried to remedy by squeezing the other lemon half over the pot while I was stirring.  Bottom line: I got a crumbly mix that only held together is small patches.  It is, nonetheless, tasty.  I'll spoon it into a jar with lid for enjoying later.  The extra lemon taste is nice, too.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
No!! They're not sesame seeds. They're nigella, a whole other thing.
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AliceVII Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
thank you so much
i made it and it was amaaaaaazing
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Cooool
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Pascal93 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Student Filmographer
WHy didn't I discover you before? ;o
this is awesome~
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Enjoy ^^
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Sangeline Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
they look great! would these stick to the tray?
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
A bit, but not problematically (unless you leave it in the sun I guess!) I pour them into a glass tray when making them, and once they're cooled it's easy to pick them up.
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Sangeline Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
oooh, okay! Thanks!!
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AlexandraAlex Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Student Filmographer
i usually buy them as candy treats when i was a kid!! :D
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
:)
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AlexandraAlex Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Student Filmographer
:D
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mint-menta-me Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice recipe! In Greece, we call them pasteli. I think I'll try the walnut version, I have so many :D. How long do they last?
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
They should last for weeks in an airtight container!
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mint-menta-me Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great! :D
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LilFred Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
I know these ones! In Sardinia they are known as "gattò" ("croccante" in the rest of Italy), and usually they are made with honey, with slightly variations from region to another :happybounce: have you ever tried to  make them with almonds? They taste great! :la:
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
I don't think it's the exact same thing because these are not croccante (crunchy), they're chewy thanks to the lemon that keeps the sugar soft :) But definitely related. I'm going to try with almonds today because the store was out of sesame seeds!
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LilFred Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
Really? Ok, next time I'm gonna try *before* I speak XD Thank you so much, my dear! :heart:
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ohh, thank you!! I'm so happy you posted this! I buy these whenever I go hiking or traveling, they're a great snack on the road. I assumed they should be easy to make at home, but didn't know how to keep the sugar from becoming rock solid. Now you've reminded me: lemon! I'm making it tonight, and if all goes well, I'll make a month's supply with all sorts of nuts :D Any idea about how long these keep and how to store them? I mean, they seem pretty sturdy, but asking never hurt.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh great! We keep them in tin boxes or airtight containers and they keep for weeks or even months, as long as they're safe from humidity and in a reasonably cool place. You can use parchment paper to separate layers of them if you're storing them, so they don't stick too much to each other :D
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g3m1n1 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
have you tried almonds?
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
I tried yesterday but all I had were flaked almonds and the sugar just wouldn't melt. Bah!
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Angelwings246 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've always wanted to make these :D thank you! 
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Welcome!
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Natal-ee-a Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Was looking at this and was thinking, 'hey, that's like that Lebanese candy my parents always get,' then I saw the little flag.
You have a pretty good style with a friendly way to present the recipe. Looks like it would make a nice poster for a kitchen. :)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
How cool is that :XD: Thank you! I make the recipes available as prints, but I need to catch up on the last few :D
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jiynx Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
These look delicious!  Easy, and something out of the ordinary.  Thank you for sharing your recipes with us.  You have given me hope to start cooking again, and I'm loving it!  Thanks again.  Keep 'em coming.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Enjoy!!
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WanderingKotka Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, I've had these before and always wondered how they were made!  I can't wait to make a batch this weekend of the sesame and walnut variants.  :)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Have fun!
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Carbon-Vanilla Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG, these are amazing! I tried the walnut version, since it's what I had at the moment... finger lickin' good!! I had time to go to the farmers market to pick up some raw honey (with the combs). I think it worked pretty well as a substitute for the sugar... although I had to bake the sweets rather than using the suggested method because of the raw honey. They came out nice and firm, however, not only are they crunchy, they almost instantly melt in your mouth, aww the mouth water sensation... I gotta have another one. xD

Thanks so much for the recipe!!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well, you made something rather different, but sounds great!
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Carbon-Vanilla Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You wont be able to tell uuuuntil yooou try iiiit. xD :)
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Shriss Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
mmm, I'm so making these
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
:D
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Y0NDI Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love that stuff! It's quite popular in Poland, at least I always ate it here while going on holiday. It's less know in Germany though... ( a shame, really).
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
:)
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neowkitty Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow!! i never knew that its lebanese. but of course i loved it since i was small.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Cool! I'm sure it arose in other places too because it's so simple :)
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neowkitty Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
we eat it in the holidays mostly.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aha.
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