Wednesday, March 17, 2010

An easy dessert made for friends celebrating a few new awards



I’ve received a few awards in the last month from some friends and I want to say thank you to them by making a super-simple dessert. I saw these gorgeous sesame glass biscuits in a Donna Hay magazine and thought they would be perfect with a few scoops of sorbet for an easy dessert.

Sesame Glass Biscuits
Adapted from Donna Hay

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a quarter sheet pan with parchment paper and sprinkle with ¾ cup super-fine caster sugar. (If you can’t find caster sugar, put fine sugar in the bowl of a food processor and whirl for about thirty seconds to make super-fine sugar.) Sprinkle the sugar with about a tablespoon of black and white sesame seeds. Bake 30-35 minutes or until the sugar is melted and golden. Set aside to cool and harden. Break the sugar into shards. The shards may be stored at room temperature in an air-tight container for several days. Serve with sorbet, ice cream, dessert wine or coffee. Serves four to six.  

I am always so honored with friends pass along an award. I feel like I’ve just won the Triple Crown with three awards. Awards make you feel special, much like a thank you from a dear friend.

Along with awards come certain responsibilities, such as

1- Thank the person who awarded you
2- Copy the logo and paste it on your blog
3- Link to the person who nominated you for the award
4- Name things about yourself that people might find interesting
5- Nominate other bloggers to receive the award
6- Post links to the blogs you nominate
7- Leave a comment on each of the blogs to let them know they’ve been nominated

I’ve told so much about myself that I know you don’t want to know more. If, by chance, you’ve missed that, here’s “more about me.” I know some of you have award free blogs and that’s fine. It’s up to the individual to pass them along or not as they see fit. I’m not much into rules, as you probably know.


Tish of A Femme d’un Certain Age has a fabulous blog filled with everything chic and fashionable with a French twist. She makes you feel good and I’m so pleased she’s honored me with the Sunshine Award. Thank you Tish. You bring a lot of sunshine into my life. I would like to pass the Sunshine Award along to:

Rebecca’s Chow & Chatter
Kathryn Stripling Byer’s Here Where I Am


Jeanne-Aelita of Through the French Eye of Design is a former Paris stylist converted to interior design in New York and has a beautiful blog filled with gorgeous pieces. She and Tish of A Femme d’un Certain Age has a Transatlantic parallel post each Monday where they compare the difference between the French and the Americans. It’s a wonderful reason for looking forward to Monday. I want to thank Jean-Aelita for the Sugar Doll award and I wish to pass it along to:



Last and certainly not least, my friend Sophie of Sophie’s Food Files presents fabulous healthy food treats with a twist from Belgium. I subscribe to Sophie’s Food Files and always look forward with great anticipation to those new email posts. I would like to thank Sophie for the Honest Scrap Award and wish to pass it along to:


41 comments:

  1. Ummm that dessert looks great! The sugar biscuits are even more delectable Sam!

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  2. I can't believe that sesame thing is that easy! Don't you love Donna Hay?!

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  3. Wow, the sesame treat looks fantastic! Congrats on all of your awards.

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  4. Congratulations on all of your awards Sam!! Thank you also for this unique take on a classic. They look like little windowpanes.

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  5. Congratulations on all your awards. Your sugar sesame biscuits look so interesting. I have read so much about Donna Hay and her great recipes, I just have to delve into her more. Thanks.

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  6. Happy St. Patrick's Day Sam! These sesame sugar glass biscuits add such a sophisticated flair!

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  7. This is an elegant dessert, Sam. Congratulations on your "triple crown"!

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  8. Congrats on all your fabulous awards! Those sesame sugar glass biscuits are beautiful - I look forward to trying them:) Thanks for sharing!
    Stephanie

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  9. Congrats on all your awards, they are well-deserved! Thanks so much for passing them on, I'm flattered:D I really want to check out some of Donna Hay's recipes. The sesame sugar glass biscuits look really unique and pretty against the vivid colors of your sorbet.
    Thanks again!

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  10. This looks fabulous! I am so glad I discovered your blog!!

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  11. Yum! And what wonderful color. I wanted you to know how much I enjoyed the "visiting chair" story. Very cute.

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  12. Well deserved awards Sam. Are you back in NC yet? Love, love the glasslike sugar biscuits. Thanks for the honor!

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  13. Those cookies look wonderful!

    Alas, Sam, I don't accept awards any more. They are too time-consuming and I have this novel to finish writing. Many thanks, though, for your kind intention! xox, Vicki

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  14. A Bouquet! So pretty thank you for the tip on your leaves..

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  15. Oh, Sam, those cookies are gorgeous. Perfect with the sorbet.

    Congratulations on the awards! You deserve all of them, of course. And thanks for the links to other blogs. I've found three which I now follow, thanks to you!

    Finally, thanks for passing the award to me. I'm chuffed!

    Happy Thursday!

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  16. Hi Sam,
    Thanks for the Sunshine! I will take all of it I can. I'll hope to get this posted on my site, though I'm running behind because of some tax issues we are stressing over.
    I so want to try this recipe. I'm a recipe junkie and am staring right now at a huge box of them I've saved over the years. I know I'll never be able to try even one percent of them, but it's hard to let go.
    My new year's rez was to go through my Middle Eastern cookbook at last, but I haven't even made it to the first recipe, alas. Maybe after taxes....
    Love looking through your blog. It's one of the best. K

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  17. wow those sesame sugar cookies are the coolest thing love them thanks so much for passing along the award to me great to know you Sam

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  18. Sam, congratulations on your well-deserved awards, and thank you for this lovely recipe. What a fantastic idea for an easy dessert.

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  19. What an interesting biscuit! Congrats on your well-deserved awards.

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  20. Congratulations on those very well-deserved awards. Your dessert is gorgeous. It looks like a bowl of jewels with wings. I really love it.

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  21. Hello Sam,

    A very elegant dessert this is!!

    Congrats on all of your recent awrds, dear friend!

    Enjoy them!

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  22. I love that sugar glass. That could work with so many different deserts. Thanks for posting.

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  23. Glass biscuits How elegant and pretty! Thank you for sharing and congrats on the awards, they are much deserved! Love your blog! ~LeslieMichele

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  24. The glass biscuits are very pretty and look perfect as a sherbet accompaniment.

    Congratulations on all the nice awards, and thank you for thinking of me, Sam! I really appreciate it.

    I went back to your "more about me" post and loved the publicity photo of you with Mayor Beam! You've had many wonderful accomplishments and I'm sure there will be many more to come.

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  25. I love these sesame sugar glass biscuits! They would go perfectly with my citrus coconut sorbet!

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  26. Thanks so much! I didn't even think one would be awarded to me so I didn't even check for my blog in your lists. How very kind of you to include me!

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  27. I don't believe I have ever seen glass biscuits before. I love them. So pretty!

    Congrats on all of your fine awards! :)

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  28. Well deserved awards Sam. Your blog is beautiful. Your glass biscuits are also beautiful and so is your presentation.

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  29. Sam,
    Congratulations upon all your awards. This dessert looks so good. I would love some of it now.

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  30. I'm stealing the dessert and the plating. So very pretty as we have a spring tease and then winter returns. This dessert is spring. Congrats on the awards, Sam!

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  31. I love your plating, the colors are perfect for spring! Thanks for posting!

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  32. I'm a big fan of Donna Hay too.
    I love her magazine when I can find it!
    Beautiful photos!

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  33. oh wow! those glass biscuits are just so beautiful! What a great way to "garnish" a dessert....LOVE IT and congrats on all the awards :)

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  34. Miam, these transparent biscuits looks great for sherbert!
    Congratulations for the awards!

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  35. What a lovely dessert and with summer just around the corner, it can't be more perfect!
    Congrats on all your awards too!
    Ronelle

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  36. These are the most beatiful garnish I think I have ever seen. I guess I'm going to have to subscribe to the magazine. Congrats on the awards, you certainly deserve them. You have some of the most beatiful posts on here.

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  37. That sesame glass, those colors, and the basil make this dessert look like an exotic flower! GREG

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  38. The glass biscuits are absolutely beautiful, and easier to make than I ever imagined!

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  39. Dear, dear Sam,

    I feel as if I've gotten a double award with your kind words. Thank YOU so much.

    Your simple dessert is definitely something in my culinary skill range. It is not, however -- not yet at least, unfortunately -- on the regime.

    Happy, happy spring dear friend,
    Tish

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  40. Congratulations on your new awards!

    The Sesame Sugar Glass Biscuits are so gorgeous and perfect served with the sherbet!

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  41. I have been thinking of making sorbet and looking at your photo, makes me sure of it.

    Congrats on all your awards. You certainly deserve them.

    I must try those sesame glass cookies. They are interesting looking and I bet the look itself, makes it a success. Goes beautifully with the sherbet.

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