Four Alarm Snacks

unprofessional cookery

The other day I discovered an evil snack lurking in the bulk section of my neighborhood hippy dippy health food store.  Sesame sticks.  They’re horrible!  I hate them!
I hate them because I want to eat them all the time!

Sesame sticks are surprisingly good and they come in almost any flavor you can imagine.  (Especially sesame flavor!)  My spot has at least four varieties of them on the sweet and savory flavor rainbow ranging from nacho cheese to honey glazed.  Technically I don’t really even know why these sesame sticks are even in my local health food store as they juuuuuust barely seem to qualify for having actual healthful benefits.

Whatever.  Anyways, I’ve been snagging a (paid for) handful of these delicious little bastards for weeks now every time I go into that place.  Rather than spending 37 cents every time, I thought I would make them myself.

This is where I discovered that something so simple could burn so rapidly.

Obviously I was being dramatic with my photo choice for today, but I did end up toasting these things a little more than I had wanted to.  However, I did nail the recipe down pretty well and can now come up with sesametastic flavor combinations until the cows come home or the button on my pants goes propelling off into the horizon, whichever comes first.

Moral of the story: You have to try making these and feel free to play around with flavorful additions.  Also, watch your baking like a hawk on this project.  Enjoy!

Sesame Sticks

Ingredients:

-1/4 cup melted unsalted butter, cooled

-1 egg, beaten

-1 cup rolled oats

-1/2 cup AP flour (plus more for dusting)

-2 Tablespoons sesame seeds (I suggest white ones, but go crazy with the black ones if you feel it)

-1 Tablespoon sesame oil

-1 Tablespoon sugar

-Kosher Salt

-Honey glaze, optional

Honey Glaze

-1/3 cup honey (at least)

-Cinnamon

-Kosher Salt

-Sugar

How to:

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Grind your oats in a food processor until they become a flour.

3. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well.  The dough may be slightly sticky- that’s okay.

4. Sprinkle some flour on your working surface.  Turn the dough onto this surface and sprinkle with more flour.  Knead it quickly for a few seconds, about 10-20 turns.

5. Reflour your board generously.  I cannot stress this enough.  (You will see in a second.)  Put the dough on top of the flour and reflour that too.

6. Roll everything out about 1/8″ thick.

7.  Make sure your dough is not stuck to the board using a bench scraper before cutting.  Then, using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into thin strips that are easy to handle (I went about 3/8″).

8. Transfer these strips to your baking sheets.  I found the bench scraper to be very helpful with this.

9. Bake the sticks for about 10 minutes, until they pick up some color.

10. Remove from the oven and season as desired.  Also, break them up into smaller bits.

11. If you are honey glazing the sticks, turn the heat on the oven down to 350 degrees.  Once the sticks are cool, toss them in the honey, cinnamon and salt.  For every 1 cup of sticks use 1/3 cup of honey.

12. Line a baking sheet again with parchment and spread the coated sticks on the parchment.

13. Sprinkle the coated sticks with sugar and pop them into the oven again.  Bake for about 10 minutes, until the sugar begins to pick up some color.  (It will be goopy.)

14. Remove the sticks from the oven and quickly transfer them to a wire rack in a single layer using a slotted spoon or spatula.  Allow them to cool completely before devouring.

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