Black sesame paste (black tahini) adds a rich nutty flavor to hummus, salad dressings and even desserts such as ice cream, cupcakes or brownies.
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Black sesame is a popular flavor utilized in Japanese and other Asian cuisines. Black tahini is an amazing way to incorporate a rich nutty flavor and interesting color to many different foods. Black tahini can be used to make black hummus and is a surprisingly versatile ingredient used in many desserts such as ice cream, tahini cupcakes and even black sesame lattes!
Why this recipe works
- Five minute recipe! It’s also super fun to use in Halloween recipes for a fun dark black color. Think black sesame cupcakes with orange buttercream!
- Tahini adds a rich nutty flavor to your favorite sauces, salad dressings and even desserts!
- Black sesame seeds are full of antioxidants, calcium and even protein!
- Black Sesame Seeds: You can use raw or roasted sesame seeds. I recommend roasted for a richer nutty flavored tahini.
- Oil: You can use sunflower oil or any neutral oil of choice, such as grapeseed, vegetable or canola oil will also work well. You can even use sesame oil or black sesame oil.
How to make this recipe
- STEP 1: In food processor, add black sesame seeds. Blend until consistency of black sesame powder.
- STEP 2: Add oil and continue to blend.
- STEP 3: Scrape sides and continue to blend until fully combined. Repeat as needed.
- STEP 4: Paste should be smooth and fully incorporated.
What can black tahini be used for?
Black tahini adds a beautiful back color and rich nutty flavor to your recipes. It is wonderful in dips such as hummus, salad dressings, and sauces and adds a unique rich and nutty flavor to desserts such as ice cream, cupcakes, brownies and other baked goods.
FAQ and expert tips
Keeping tahini refrigerated is preferred to prevent the oil from going rancid. The oil and sesame mixture may separate over time and can be easily mixed to reincorporate.
You can use either. Toasted sesame seeds will have a stronger nuttier flavor and raw sesame seeds will yield a milder flavored tahini.
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Black Sesame Paste; Black Tahini
- Food processor
- 1 cup black sesame seeds (roasted)
- 3 tbsp sunflower or other neutral oil
- 2 tsp kosher salt (optional)
- In food processor, add black sesame seeds. Blend until consistency of black sesame powder.
- Add oil and continue to blend.
- Scrape sides and continue to blend until fully combined. Repeat as needed.
- Paste should be smooth and fully incorporated.