Wholesome bites

Free-form Black Sesame Tofu Biscuits

A thought struck me the other day. As adults, we spend the majority of our time working. For some people like me, add on study, and time seems to disappear.

In my field, women are so rare. Sometimes it feels like “it´s a man world…” But well, as the lyrics say “But it wouldn’t be nothing, nothing without a woman“. Those women who “survive” the toughness of the industry are not only intelligent but also have some special quality of confidence and `dominance´ in them. I know we are always talking about equality between male & female nowadays. However, let´s face the fact that in certain roles, women do face tougher choices than men. A lot of my friends (and myself), we do have hard choices to make. And at times, support from friends and family means a lot more than recognition at work. So, if your female friend or partner is working hard, give her a hug and encouragement. It means a lot!

Back to the main theme of this post, the featured ingredient is black sesame, which is richly in flavours. Black sesame seeds are higher in minerals then the lighter variety. In Asian belief, black sesame is known to nourish blood and strengthen kidney and liver. Words of caution though, try to find the real rustic black sesame seeds. Avoid the shiny ones, which are dyed black.

Black sesame seeds

Today I am pairing these wonderful seeds with another healthy ingredient – tofu. The recipe is an unusual one; I am making black sesame tofu biscuit. The recipe is inspired by a popular Korean snack which my flatmate Sunny has kindly shared with me.

I have used organic whole-wheat flour instead of regular flour. It might be a bit harder to work with whole-wheat flour (the dough is a lot stickier). I go crazy and do a lot of free-form shape. The result is really nice. The biscuits are crunchy and have that nutty wholesome quality I´ve been looking for.

I am sending this entry to Weekend Herb Blogging. This week is hosted by Cheryl from Gluten Free Goodness. Please head to her blog for the round up :)!

Free-form Black Sesame Tofu Biscuits

Free-form Black Sesame Tofu Biscuits

Ingredients (made quite a bit of biscuits. A small lunch box full)
200g tofu (I used the semi hard one, silken tofu may work well)
1 egg
1.5 cup and a little more whole-wheat flour
4 tbp sugar
3 tbp black sesame seeds
½ tsp baking powder
1 tbp sesame oil
2 tbps unflavoured oil (soya or corn oil)
1tsp salt
Method
Mash the tofu. Place it into a colander and put over a bowl for 30 mins to drain as much excess water out as possible.
In a bowl, mix flour, mashed tofu and all other ingredients together until well-combined. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
In a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out as thin as possible (it might be hard with the whole-wheat. Just be patience and pat the dough out as you go). Cut into bite-sized shapes.
Place the biscuits onto baking tray , which has been lined with baking paper. Bake in preheated 180C for around 15-20 mins (see notes). Cool on a rack and store in air-tight container.

Baking notes:
* When baking these biscuits, do check our oven after 15 mins of cooking. It requires a bit of trial to get the right crispiness. Remember that whole-wheat flour tends to brown quicker as well. I think I baked mine for around 17-20 mins, but it also depends on your oven.
*You can try different flavours. I am thinking to make a savoury version with sesame and roasted seaweed.

20 Responses to Wholesome bites

  1. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    What a great idea! Those bites look yummy and your pictures are beautiful!

  2. tigerfish says:

    You would stand out in a man's world! I am definite about it :)

  3. Y says:

    Support from friends and family makes the world of difference, especially in my line of work too :)

  4. Manggy says:

    I'll remember that :) Men need hugs from time to time too though!

  5. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    I love the freeform look of the biscuits. They look handmade with love.

  6. Ravenous Couple says:

    A work of art..almost too good to eat…love they way they spell "i heart you"

  7. Callipygia says:

    Hey Anh I'm sending you a cyber hug in support of your hard work. Well I'm going to try these out and use something like millet flour. apparently black sesame is rumored to make grey hairs darker too…must eat some!

  8. Nags says:

    lovely colours! and i love the flavour of toasted sesame seeds..

  9. Anh says:

    Rosa, thank you.

  10. Johanna says:

    black sesame seeds look so pretty – I love using them and found the info about them in the post very useful – I love the idea of putting them in biscuits like this too!

  11. Pam says:

    These look like the perfect snack food!

  12. Gloria says:

    Ahn this look so yummy and nice. they look lovely, xGloria

  13. Aparna says:

    We use sesame seeds quite a bit and I like the look of these little crackers.

  14. Anh says:

    Johanna, black sesame seeds are always the favourite around here. I love them.

  15. Cheryl Harris says:

    how lovely! thanks for sharing

  16. Katerina says:

    How interesting and full of protein, I bet it totally would be a great work snack.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Hug From Summer!

  18. Another Outspoken Female says:

    This is the most exciting recipe I've seen for ages :) Can't wait to see how your savoury experiment goes. Thanks for the tip about the shiny sesame seeds.

  19. Megan@Feasting on Art says:

    Oh yum! These look so healthy. They would be the perfect snack for at work.

  20. NQN says:

    Interesting! I've never thought to use tofu in a biscuit! Yes imaigne what it would have been like in the workforce 20 or 30 years ago? I shudder to think how many obstacles others have broken through for us and how hard it would have been.

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