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Sweet Sesame Balls

February 2007
Sweet Sesame Balls

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This dim sum staple makes a perfect Chinese New Year menu dessert—or any time you make your own takeout.

Makes: 16 servings

Prep: 25 mins

Cook: 15 mins

  • 3 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 cups glutinous rice flour (found in the Asian food aisle)
  • 1/2 cup white sesame seeds
  • Honey, warmed, for dipping
  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the oil until a deep-frying thermometer reads 350 degrees .
  2. In a saucepan, bring 1 cup water to a boil; stir in the brown sugar until dissolved. Place the rice flour in a medium bowl and, using a fork, stir in the sugar syrup until a sticky dough forms.
  3. Place the sesame seeds in a bowl. Using your hands, roll about 2 tablespoons dough into a ball. Roll the ball in the sesame seeds; repeat with the remaining dough.
  4. When the oil is hot, working in batches, fry the sesame balls until golden brown, about 4 minutes per batch. Transfer the sesame balls to a paper-towel-lined plate. Serve with the warm honey.