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Recipe for Sesamides
(Sesame wafers)

by Athenaeus The Partying Professors

Sesamides
AFAIK, this recipe comes from Grant and was inserted by original site author (I will say again to PLEASE buy these author's books! By doing so, you will help support them — even for books that are older and might not sell as well anymore... These authors do not do this for money, they do it for love. Please support them!

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Sesamides — These spherical sweets were made with toasted sesame seeds and honey. In the Pergamon region, these desserts are still made today (Athenaeus 14.646f). It is a cake that was given to the bride, so that coinciding with the celebration of Valentine's Day, is a possible recipe to give to the beloved: "It has been said that they bring it to the bride as a gift : sesame pies ..." (Ateneo, IV, 172 e)

So, doing my searching, besides the fact that I beleive it was lifted mostly from Grant, I found an AWESOME website about De Re Coquinaria in, of all things, Spanish! It's great. Photos and cool stuff. I am really struck. Reading it with google translator is hard, but doable!! Check it out: De Re Coquinaria: Blog about ancient Roman cuisine and other aspects of the ancient world, mainly its legacy today.

Original recipe:

Translation: Honey, oil and roasted sesame sweets that had a ball shape, it is believed that it was typical to give it as a gift to the bride. "It's a cake shaped ball, made with honey, sesame together and oil. Antifante says "sesamídes or honey cakes". (Ateneo, XIV, 642 e).

Ingredients

  • 100g/3 oz sesame seeds
  • 50 g/2 oz spelt flour
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp water

Preparation

  • Spread the sesame seeds on a baking tray and toast them under the grill for 3 minutes, shaking frequently. Leave under the grill until thay are a golden brown. If the seeds jump about and make a popping sound, this is natural.
  • Mix all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl and work into a firm pastry.
  • Gather the pastry into a ball and place in a plastic bag for an hour.
  • After the hour, roll the pastry out thinly on a lightly floured board.
  • Using a 5 cm/ 2" pastry cutter, cut out discs and place them on a greased baking tray.
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven at 190°c/380°f/Gas mark 5 for 10 minutes.
  • Cool on a wire rack and serve.
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