Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Mini Sesame Seed Balls


Happy Lunar New Year! And because my son is half Chinese I felt the need to make these Sesame Seed Balls (mini of course) to celebrate his Chinese heritage. These lil guys are filled with red bean paste, rolled in sesame seeds then fried. And while I was preparing to make these heavenly treats, my love pulled up his usual chair and said,"I want to help you!"

Today's post is two fold. One, to celebrate my son's Chinese heritage and two, to support Frigidaire and Jennifer Garner's Make Time for Change campaign to inspire families to cook together! When he's able to help, I love cooking & baking with my son and he's always ready to make a huge mess get his hands dirty.

This is where you all can join in on the fun. Please click here and join Frigidaire's Kids' Cooking Academy to get kid friendly recipes, how to video's and tips. And when you join, Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children. You'll also be entered for a chance to win the daily prize, a kids' apron set, and the grand prize, a new Double Oven Range from Frigidaire.
So let's get started, shall we.


Printable Recipe
Ingredients
Adapted from Asian Dumplings
1-1/2 Cups Sweet Rice Flour, I used Mochiko brand
3/4 Cup, Just Boiled Water
1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
Your Choice of Pre-made Red Bean Paste or other filling of your choice
Sesame Seeds
Peanut Oil for Frying

Make the dough...

Directions
1. Boil your water and pour it over the dark brown sugar in a measuring cup and stir to dissolve. Set aside.

2. Place your sweet rice flour in a bowl and create a well in the middle.

3. Pour the brown sugar and water mixture into the well.

4. Mix well to form into a dough. If too sticky add a bit more flour. If a bit dry add a bit more water and knead until smooth.


Make your sesame balls...

Directions
1. Form pieces of the dough into balls. I made mine a little over an inch in diameter.

2. Use a thick chopstick or other utensil to make a hole in the middle of the ball.

3. Be sure to create a big enough hole by taking your chopstick and creating circular movements to create a nice pocket.

4. Take back of a small spoon and scoop some red bean paste into the middle but not to the top. Then pinch to close and smooth out. Heat up your oil on medium heat at this time.


That's my love helping with forming the dough. He did the best that he could with his cute little three year old hands.


Time to apply the sesame seeds...

Directions
1. Place some water in a bowl. In another bowl place your sesame seeds.

2. Place the ball in the water bath, then roll in the sesame seeds. Please keep in mind that the sesame seeds will stick to you like glue so try keeping one hand dry to roll the balls into the sesame bowl. Press evenly to coat the ball.




Place the sesame balls in the fryer for two minutes or until golden.


Gently remove from oil, place on a paper towel plate and serve! These are  crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. I always order these at dim sum. 

My love not only helped me....he first took his whisk and did an awesome job whisking the cloudy sweet rice water bath. Then when I stated it was time to clean up he resisted me at first.  And while I was cleaning up, he decided to dump the bowl of water on the counter, lovely. But this is to be expected. He is after all, a toddler.


Happy Lunar New Year! 

And be sure to check out Make Time for Change to participate in Frigidaire's campaign to inspire families to cook together. Enjoy.
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  1. Lisa said... January 26, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Your son is just too cute. I think it's great that the two of you are able to spend this fun time together and he even gets to learn some neat skills too. I'm sure he's going to be a fabulous cook someday. Your sesame balls look delicious. They're a favorite of mine to eat, all chewy and sweet. I recently started a new linky party on my blog called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd like to invite you to stop by this weekend and link this up. Happy Lunar New Year!

  2. naomi said... January 26, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Beautifully made. My mom use to make this for us all the time. As an adult I only enjoy it bought, so I'm loving that you posted it. I can't wait to try it!

  3. Spicie Foodie said... January 26, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    Happy Lunar New Year to you guys! Your son is so adorable to want to be helping you in the kitchen, so sweet. The sesame seed balls sound really yummy and they are adorable, perfect for a party. (Sorry for the fall, hehe:) )

  4. Kim - Liv Life said... January 26, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Lisa, you have introduced me to so many new things!! I think I would really like these little guys. Your helper is adorable! Oh, how I miss my little boy! He's grown another inch in the last few weeks and is towering over me... He still calls me "Mommy" though!

  5. Melissa said... January 27, 2011 at 5:24 AM

    I felt very nostalgic reading your post as I miss home so much! When I am home in Mauritius I always buy these cakes. Just love them!!

  6. Brilynn said... January 27, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    These are my favourite favourite thing to get in Chinatown, love them!

  7. minneville said... January 27, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    I'd love to make these...just curious, is it possible to bake instead of frying?

  8. Zoe said... January 27, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    All photos inspired me lots to involve my boy to cook with me. He is less than 2 at this moment and I waiting for him to grow older for more participation.

    I like the smaller version of your sesame seed balls...so delicate.

  9. Kay Heritage said... January 27, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    Your little man is going to be a finest chef in the world. Nimble Korean fingers and palate of any Chinese emperor! :) Sesame seed balls are my MOST favorite snack.

  10. Quay Po Cooks said... January 27, 2011 at 10:08 PM

    Lisa, How are you? Long time since my last visit. Looks like you and your cute handsome sous chef is enjoying your time together. You have made my favorite dessert! I never fail to order this when I go for "Dim Sum". I always have this notion that it is very difficult to make but now with your recipe, I am going try. Thank you. BTW, come join in the fun of my Valentine's Giveaways - http://quaypocooks.blogspot.com/2011/01/i-give-you-my-love-on-valentines-day.html

  11. Trish said... January 28, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    What a great idea. I love sesame balls. I always pick them out first when I get a bag of assorted treats. I would never have thought to make them at home. And for a wonderful cause PLUS a tribute to Chinese New Year. So smart. Have a nice weekend, Lisa. Stay warm. I hear the East Coast is a bit chilly.

  12. ~Lisa~ said... January 29, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Thanks guys! I love these little treats. They are really simple to make and my son loved them.

  13. A little bit of everything said... January 31, 2011 at 12:19 AM

    Happy Lunar New Year to all of you Lisa.
    your little helper is so cute. can't wait for my baby girl to grow so i have 2 messy hands around :)
    the balls sound delicious.
    thanks for sharing

  14. Sommer J said... January 31, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    Totally missed this! Happy Lunar New Year my fave lil foodie is so darn cute! What a fun dish! My daughter says the same when she wants to help and makes a mess, but it is so fun :)

  15. Susi said... February 28, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Happy Lunar New Year Lisa! These sesame seed balls look fantastic and sound unlike anything I have ever eaten and your little helper is just darling :o)

  16. My Urban Child said... September 8, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    your son is so cute he really enjoy helping you, im sure in future he will be a good chef, oh i suggest to let him wear a Kids Aprons... thanks