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Sesame and Honey Candies 

Makes 30

Sesame Candies
These sesame candies are sold in many Middle Eastern shops. They are easy to make at home
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 cup honey
11/2 cups sesame seeds

  1. Combine sugar, water and honey in a heavy pan. Stir occassionally over low heat until sugar dissolves.
  2. Increase heat to medium and bring to the boil. Boil for about 15 minutes to the soft ball stage. (When a little is dropped into cold water it forms a soft ball.) If you have a candy thermometer, cook to 115°C (240°F).
  3. Stir in sesame seeds and return to the boil. Boil for 15 minutes until seeds turn golden and a little of the syrup dropped into water forms a hard ball, 130°C (265°F). Take care not to overcook as the sesame seeds will brown too much, spoiling the flavour.
  4. Pour into an oiled 18 x 28 cm (7 x 11 inch) slab cake pan, or on to an oiled marble slab, shaping it into a rectangle of that size with a spatula. ( should be 1/4 to 3/8 inch thick).
  5. When almost cool, cut into squares, triangles or fingers. Cut again when completely cold and wrap pieces inwaxed paper or cellophane.