I will source both of these ingredients eventually, but while I'm waiting, I thought I would give homemade tahini a try. After all, it is just processed sesame seeds. I have made nut butters before; how hard could it be to make tahini?
|The (potential) makings of tahini|
For me, it turns out, quite hard! With hindsight, I should have toasted my sesame seeds to facilitate easier processing and enhanced flavour. My mix did not reach a buttery state. Moreover, I didn't like the taste. I remembered too late that I like unhulled tahini. My sesame seeds were hulled.
With things not going to plan, I thought that maple tahini might be a good idea. I figured that the syrup would help loosen the mixture, and improve the flavour at the same time. Nope. The 'tahini' just seized up, and I still didn't like the taste.
On the cusp of a kitchen disaster, I shifted away from tahini spread and towards tahini dressing. Water, almond milk, salt and lemon juice saved the day. The result is an ultra-creamy dressing that works beautifully on kale, and paired nicely with a quinoa-based salad I'd previously prepared for lunch. The dressing isn't something I'd have set out to make (creamy dressings aren't usually my thing), but it is infinitely better than the tahini that wasn't!
If you do like creamy dressings, this is a nice alternative to standard dressing options. It has a bit of sweetness, a bit of tang, and an underlying sesame hum.
Maple tahini dressing
This creamy dressing is slightly sweet and very satisfying
Makes about 1-1/2 cups
Author: Bite-Sized Thoughts
1 cup sesame seeds (mine were hulled but unhulled should work too)
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or milk of choice
3/4 cup water
1-1/2 tbsp maple syrup
1 to 1-1/2 tbsp lemon juice (to taste)
1/2 tsp salt
In a food processor or high-speed blender, process the sesame seeds until pureed, stirring occasionally as needed. The mix should be semi-smooth and clumping together.
Add the almond milk, water, maple syrup, lemon juice and salt to the sesame mix and process until smooth.
Serve over salad, grains or even tofu.
Have you made tahini?!