- 70g butter
- 120g caster sugar
- 4 tbsp honey
- 200g toasted sesame seeds
- 200g dark chocolate
- 150ml boiling water
- 150ml double cream (plus 100ml for whipping)
- a splash of amaretto or cointreau (if you like)
- 2 blood oranges
1. For the brittle:
Have two silicone baking sheets or large pieces of baking parchment ready. Place one silicone/parchment sheet onto a large baking tray.
2. Melt your butter in a medium sized saucepan over a medium heat. Add your sugar and honey and stir using a wooden spoon to combine. Have a small bowl of cold water close by.
3. Allow the mixture to cook and bubble until it turns a darker shade of golden and begins to smell like caramel. This usually takes about 7 minutes. To test whether it is ready drop a little off the spoon into the cold water. If it is stiff and snaps easily it is ready. If it is still bendy it needs a little longer.
4. Once ready switch off the heat and pour in your sesame seeds. Stir quickly to combine and pour onto your silicone/parchment sheet. Place the other on top and roll over with a rolling pin until the brittle is about 3 mm thin and has stretched as far as the sheet. Remove the top layer and place the brittle in the fridge to set.
5. Once set break into shards and keep in an air tight container for up to 5 weeks.
6. For the rest:
Place your chocolate in a glass bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and allow it to melt.
7. Once melted pour in your boiling water bit by bit whisking all the time until smooth and glossy. It will appear grainy and stiff at first. Do not worry.
8. Once smooth whisk in your double cream (and your splash of alcohol if using). Place in the fridge and allow to set for at least 2 hours.
9. When ready to serve whisk the remaining whipped cream until soft and thickened. Peel and slice your oranges.
10. Scoop roughly two tablespoons of the chocolate ganache into each serving bowl followed by one tablespoon of the soft cream.
11. Arrange the sliced orange and a shard of the brittle. You can also crush a little extra brittle in a pestle and mortar (or by bashing it with a rolling pin) and sprinkle this over if you like.
12. Eat & Keep
The sesame brittle keeps for well over a month and is a wonderful addition to an afternoon cup of tea. It also makes for a lovely edible gift if you can bare to give it away.
Recipe & image by @AlexandraDudley