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Sesame rings


This is a sweet take on the pretzel-like rings called koulouria that you find sold by street vendors all over Greece. It's a lovely biscuit for dunking in coffee, with a texture similar to that of a crumbly shortbread.

You'll need

180 gm butter, at room temperature 110 gm (½ cup) raw caster sugar, plus extra for dusting 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla extract ¾ tsp baking powder ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda 335 gm (2¼ cups) plain flour 60 ml (¼ cup) freshly squeezed orange juice ½ tsp finely grated orange rind For brushing: eggwash For coating: sesame seeds

Method

  • 01
  • Preheat oven to 190C. Beat butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, add egg and vanilla and beat to combine. Stir through baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and half the flour, add orange juice and rind and remaining flour and stir to form a pliable dough. Working with one walnut-sized piece of dough at a time, roll to form a 15cm-long log. Twist to create a circle and pinch ends to seal. Place onto lightly greased oven trays. Brush with eggwash, scatter with sesame seeds and extra sugar and bake until golden (15-20 minutes). Serve warm or at room temperature. Biscuits are best made on day of serving.

At A Glance

  • Serves 18 people
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  • Serves 18 people

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