Just think: Every time you blend up a new batch of hummus, sprinkle on the finishing touch to a bagel headed into the oven, or slather your morning toast with a savory spread, you’re partaking in the oldest oil seed crop known to humanity. The sesame seed truly is an ancient wonder that’s managed to stay as relevant as ever in modern life. You might reasonably imagine that this old dog no longer has any new tricks left up its sleeve, but if so, you’d be dead wrong.
Taking on the Simply Sesame Blogger Recipe Challenge was no challenge at all, given the subtle but transformative new twists presented by Simply Sesame. Each spread contained a wealth of rich, warm sesame flavor, but one in particular will continue to haunt my memories. The unconventional combination of crisp, nutty pistachios with a subtle undercurrent of spicy cardamom flavor immediately leapt out at me from my very first taste. It didn’t take much effort to find fresh inspiration from this primeval paste.
Infusing sesame essence throughout each soft, tender crumb, these are no mere snack cakes. Though baked rather than fried like traditional doughnuts, each bite is so rich and full of flavor that you’d never dream of adding another drop of oil. Freshly toasted pistachios add another dimension of roasted aroma, not to mention a satisfying crunch every now and then. Cardamom continues to sing quietly in the background; just enough to add a certain something special, without necessarily shouting its name from the rooftops.
Top the whole treat off with a gossamer-thin glaze enhanced simply with delicate vanilla bean flecks, and it’s impossible to resist the complete package. As soon as they emerged from the quick icing dip, I regretted making only a single batch.
Consider this the least challenging “challenge” on the entire internet. I dare you to take it yourself, but be warned; no other mere tahini will ever quite measure up again.
Baked Sesame-Pistachio Doughnuts
Though baked rather than fried like traditional doughnuts, each bite is so rich and full of flavor that you’d never dream of adding another drop of oil. Freshly toasted pistachios add another dimension of roasted aroma, not to mention a satisfying crunch every now and then. Cardamom continues to sing quietly in the background; just enough to add a certain something special, without necessarily shouting its name from the rooftops.
Baked Sesame-Pistachio Doughnuts:
- 1 1/4 Cups All Purpose Flour
- 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 1/4 Cup Toasted Pistachios, Chopped
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/8 Teaspoon Ground Cardamom
- 1/4 Cup Simply Sesame with Pistachio Morsels
- 1/2 Cup Plain Non-Dairy Milk
- 2 Tablespoons Toasted Sesame Oil
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
Vanilla Bean Glaze:
- 1 1/4 Cups Confectioner's Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Bean Paste or Extract
- 1 - 3 Tablespoons Water
- Dragees or Sprinkles, to Garnish (Optional)
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a standard doughnut pan.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, chopped pistachios, baking powder and soda, salt, and cardamom. Thoroughly combine to distribute all of the ingredients equally throughout the mixture.
- In a separate bowl, combine the Simply Sesame with Pistachio Morsels with the non-dairy milk, sesame oil, vanilla, and vinegar. Once smooth, pour these liquid ingredients into the bowl of dry, and stir with a wide spatula to incorporate. Mix just until the batter is smooth.
- Either transfer the batter to a piping bag to dispense it cleanly into the prepared baking pan, or simply use a spoon to carefully distribute it between the six indentations. Leave it slightly mounded up towards to center of the rings, rather than smoothing it out.
- Bake for 15 – 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the centers of the cakes comes out clean. Cool completely before preparing the glaze.
- For the glaze, simply whisk together the confectioner’s sugar, vanilla paste, and 1 tablespoon of water. Continue slowly drizzling in additional water water until it reaches your desired consistency. Dip each doughnut into the glaze, allowing the excess to drip off, and apply dragees or sprinkles to your heart’s content.
Standard tahini can be used instead of the Simply Sesame with Pistachio Morsels
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 453Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 343mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 3gSugar: 43gProtein: 9g
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Holy yummoly! I’m toast.
Yum, this sounds simply amazing. Thanks!
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I am loving the printable recipe! Looking forward to trying these out!
Thanks I may use that recipe
Well done. They look both beautiful and delicious — cardamom is one of my favorite special ingredients in cakes.
Such fancy looking doughnuts! and what an interesting flavor combo – the humble doughnut elevated. :-)
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