Peanut & sesame brittle (花生芝麻糖)

Super crunchy and nutty, Chinese peanut & sesame brittle is totally addictive! This recipe shows you how to make this delightful treat without fail.

Super crunchy and nutty, Chinese peanut & sesame brittle is totally addictive! This recipe shows you how to make this delightful treat without fail.

In our Red House, summer is no doubt our family’s favourite season. Apart from the nice weather, it’s mainly because during this time there are so many occasions to party. When we have friends over to celebrate with us, I love to prepare some homemade treats for them to take home. Chinese peanut & sesame brittle (花生芝麻糖) is always very popular with our friends. They often come back to me and ask: How do you cook it exactly?

Super crunchy and nutty, Chinese peanut & sesame brittle is totally addictive! This recipe shows you how to make this delightful treat without fail.

Sweets are often part of our childhood memories. Growing up in a period when sweet treats were not always available in Chinese households, I was lucky enough to have peanut & sesame brittle to enjoy for special occasions, especially during festive time. I love its crunchiness and sweetness, but most of all, I adore its strong nutty flavour which I find absolutely additive.

A few years ago, I was delighted to find out that making peanut & sesame brittle was as easy as pie (3 steps: toast the nuts, melt the sugar, combine them). Since then I put it on my list of homemade gifts. I enjoy making it, particularly when I’m in a rush and don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen.

Super crunchy and nutty, Chinese peanut & sesame brittle is totally addictive! This recipe shows you how to make this delightful treat without fail.

Despite the simplicity of making peanut & sesame brittle, I still would like to offer you a few tips to make it a fail-proof experience.

• Both peanuts and sesame seeds need to be toasted first. Nuts always taste better when lightly toasted. However, overly cooked nuts will have an unpleasant burnt flavour. So make sure to toast them over a low heat. Observe closely and keep stirring. Transfer them out as soon as they turn lightly brown.

Super crunchy and nutty, Chinese peanut & sesame brittle is totally addictive! This recipe shows you how to make this delightful treat without fail.

• Chop toasted peanuts into small pieces. This way you will need less melted sugar to fill the gaps, thus the finished brittle won’t be overly sweet.

• Melt the sugar slowly and do not burn it. It requires a bit of patience to melt the sugar. Keep a close eye on it. Put peanuts and sesame seeds in as soon as the sugar turns into a very smooth, sticky consistency.

Super crunchy and nutty, Chinese peanut & sesame brittle is totally addictive! This recipe shows you how to make this delightful treat without fail.

• Move fast when you shape and cut the brittle. The melted sugar hardens very quickly when the temperature drops.

Super crunchy and nutty, Chinese peanut & sesame brittle is totally addictive! This recipe shows you how to make this delightful treat without fail.

• Store your brittle in an airtight container in a dry dark place. This is to keep your brittle “brittle”. Moisture and heat will make it sticky.

Super crunchy and nutty, Chinese peanut & sesame brittle is totally addictive! This recipe shows you how to make this delightful treat without fail.

Peanut & sesame brittle (花生芝麻糖)
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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Peanut & sesame brittle (花生芝麻糖)

Super crunchy and nutty, Chinese peanut & sesame brittle is totally addictive! This recipe shows you how to make this delightful treat without fail.

Ingredients

  • 150g peanuts, skinless
  • 150g white or black sesame seeds
  • 25g butter
  • 250g sugar

Instructions

  1. Break peanuts into halves with your hands. Toast in a frying pan over a low heat until they become lightly brown. Coarsely chop them into smaller pieces (or crush them with a rolling pin). 
  2. Toast sesame seeds the same way.
  3. In a non-stick pan over a low heat, melt butter then add sugar. Stir from time to time. Cook until it turns into a brown, smooth and sticky consistency (see note 1). Pour in peanuts and sesame seeds. Stir quickly until well combined. Turn off the heat.
  4. Put the mixture onto a sheet of baking paper placed over a chopping board. Put another sheet over (See note 2). Press the mixture into a flat block with the rolling pin. Cut the block into desired size and shape (See note 3).
  5. When completely cool, store brittle in an airtight container placed in a dry, dark place. Consume with 1 month.

Notes

1. Do not overcook the sugar, otherwise you are likely to get a burnt flavour. It takes me about 10 minutes but the cooking time may vary. 

2. As you need to move very fast when the mixture is ready, I suggest you have the baking paper ready before you start cooking the sugar.

3. The melted sugar hardens very quickly when the temperature drops. This is why you need to cut the block into pieces as soon as possible.

4. Peanuts and sesame seeds are classic choices for Chinese brittle. Please feel free to choose your preferred ingredients. Walnuts, cashew, hazelnuts are great too. Just make sure you toast and chop them before mixing with the sugar. 

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To be honest with you, I don’t cook peanut & sesame brittle very often (only for special occasions) as it’s totally addictive! Hope you enjoy making it and eat it sensibly!

Happy cooking!

An enthusiastic cook with a Chinese palate and a global mindset.

Super crunchy and nutty, Chinese peanut & sesame brittle is totally addictive! This recipe shows you how to make this delightful treat without fail.

Super crunchy and nutty, Chinese peanut & sesame brittle is totally addictive! This recipe shows you how to make this delightful treat without fail.

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Hong Kong style mango pancake (芒果班戟)

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