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Black Sesame Syrup

December 14, 2021
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Author Notes

This delectable simple syrup recipe is intended for a variety of uses. It is viscous enough to pour over pancakes or add to a cocktail, and light enough to sweeten milk or coffee beverages. Toasting the sesame seeds and lightly grinding them releases their oils and develops an earthy, nutty, and delicate flavor. —valerieippolito

  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 1 hour
  • makes 3 cups
Ingredients
  • 3 cups black sesame seeds
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 cups water
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Directions
  1. In a spice grinder or mortar and pestle, coarsely grind sesame seeds. Add to a saucepan and toast over medium-low heat. The seeds will develop a nutty aroma and an oily sheen. Be careful to not burn them.
  2. Add sugar and water to the pot and stir to dissolve sugar. Raise temperature to medium heat. Bring to a simmer.
  3. Simmer for about 40 minutes, or until the syrup reaches your desired taste and consistency.
  4. Using a fine mesh strainer and a cheesecloth or coffee filter, strain syrup. If you want a thicker syrup at this point, put the strained portion back onto the heat and reduce to desired consistency.

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