I don’t know about you, but I often need a sweet treat after an action-packed dance class with Djoniba. This recipe for Benne Cakes comes from West Africa, where the benne seed (known here in the U.S. as the sesame seed), originated. Though called a cake, this treat is more like a cookie. Benne seeds contain a small amount of protein and are commonly thought to be good luck, so make a wish and sample a benne cake from your own kitchen!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Oil to grease a cookie sheet
- 1 cup finely packed brown sugar
- ¼ cup butter, softened
- 1 egg, beaten
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup toasted sesame seeds
Here’s what you’ll do:
- Preheat the oven to 325 Degrees.
- Lightly oil a cookie sheet.
- Combine the brown sugar and butter, beating until they are creamy.
- Stir in the egg, vanilla extract, and lemon juice.
- Add flour, baking powder, salt and sesame seeds.
- Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the cookie sheet two inches apart.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges are browned.
- Eat and enjoy!
*Retrieved and adapted from http://www.africaguide.com and http://recipes.wikia.com