Sesame muffins

Yield: 12 Servings

Measure Ingredient
2 cups Flour
2 teaspoons Baking powder
½ teaspoon Salt
⅓ cup Tahini (sesame seed paste; available in health food stores; middle eastern markets; large supermarkets)
¼ cup Melted & cooled butter or margarine
½ cup Milk
½ teaspoon Oriental-style (dark) sesame oil
¾ cup Light-brown sugar
2 Lightly beaten eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla
⅔ cup Raisins (optional)
4 tablespoons Toasted sesame seeds; divided into 3 + 1

Preheat oven to 400øF, prepare pans. In a bowl, stir together flour, baking powder & salt. In another bowl, stir together tahini, butter & oil; stir in sugar, milk, eggs & vanilla until blended. Add dry mix to wet mix until just combined, stir in raisins & 3 Tbsp of sesame seeds. Spoon batter into pans, sprinkle with 1 Tbsp sesame seeds & bake 15-20 mins or until done.

Makes 12 muffins. Note: To toast sesame seeds, place in small frying pan/skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring for 3 mins, or until seeds are lightly browned. May also be toasted in a microwave, stirring often.

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