Sesame Sablés (FFWD)

6.22.2012

I almost didn´t make today´s FFWD recipe. I had already missed last friday´s because I was sick for more than a week. I was fine by monday afternoon, but had to hurry and put together a little birthdayparty (mine!) for a bunch of girlfriends who came over for dinner tuesday night.

So this recipe got kind of forgotten. And of course, when I checked the ingredients I didn´t have nori. I don´t do fishy stuff and for me they qualify as that. Getting some implied walking to the Chinese market, which is not exactly close by to walk to; so instead of skipping the recipe altogether I decided to use sesame seeds.
I know it´s a totally different sablé, but what can I say, I miss not being a part of the group. I had to do something. And I know I won´t be trying the seaweed version anytime soon.
The dough comes together in a few minutes once the butter is soft. Then it´s formed into a log and refrigerated before cutting and baking. The addition of olive oil and flaky sea salt turns them into a sophisticated wine cookie. Kinda sweet, kinda salty. Delicious. I can´t begin to imagine the number of ingredients that can be added to them. The sesame seeds get toasted a bit while the cookies bake and they complement the olive oil perfectly. It was the closest thing to eating homemade Wheat Thins. Which I love, can easily eat half a box in one sitting. So these sablés, with the sesame seeds, will become a favorite.
A glass of wine, some cheese and these sables. Perfect late afternoon snack, after a day at the beach (for those lucky to be there) or for those of us enjoying winter, a relaxing time by the fireplace. Or directly from the baking tray, standing alone in the kitchen, before the others discover them.
The original recipe is from David Lebovitz, a favorite of mine as is well documented here and here, and can be found in his site or in our wonderful book, Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan.

20 comments:

  1. I think using sesame seeds in your sablés was an excellent plan! They sound interesting and delicious and I think I'll give them a try. Anything that tastes like a Wheat Thin has to be good!

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  2. Paula - I would have preferred your version, by far!

    Have a great weekend!

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  3. Great idea to replace the seaweed with sesame! I added sesame to the nori and I kind of wish I had just subbed it like you did! :)

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  4. I like the sesame version - wine cookie indeed :-)
    Have a great weekend.

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  5. Oh, lucky you no nori... smart girl. Your cookies look delicious...wanta trade?

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  6. I think I will have to make your sesame version for my friend Bek who LOVES Wheat Thins and then perhaps they will be my contribution for our big wine event in the fall. I usually make gougeres but I'm ready for something different. Your cookies look and sound delicious!

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    1. These were loved by everyone! Really good party crackers

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  7. I'm glad you enjoyed it, these sure look delicious!!!

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  8. I'd take sesame seeds over seaweed any day. I like that idea!

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  9. No worries. Your sables look great!

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  10. Your sablés look great and I think I would also like the sesame too. Tricia thought they were a bit fishy
    but I did enjoy them. Have a great weekend.

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  11. Paula, Sesame seeds are such a wonderful add in…what a creative way to treat these lovely little cookies! Glad you made them your way!! I’m going to give "your way" a try next time…they sound great! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  12. I am sorry to hear that you have been sick, Paula. Hope you are feeling better and Happy Belated Birthday! Sesame seeds seem like a great substitution - they look wonderful.

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  13. Oh, Paula, you hit the jackpot with sesame seed. I think you could have added anything and I would have preferred it more than my seaweed version. I just wasn't wowed by the seawood taste but I am wowed by this little shortbread cookie. Good idea. Glad your well.

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  14. I think you are brilliant for substituting the sesame seeds - really genius! I can't say that I woudln't like the sablés with nori, but I do know I would love these! ~ David

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  15. Once again Dorie gives us a jumping off point for our imaginations. These sound just fine and I think I would have eaten half of them in one sitting. I adore Wheat thins too.

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  16. Sesame seeds are a great adaptation. Necessity is the mother of invention!! Happy birthday!

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  17. Paula, sesame seeds are absolutely delicious in baked goods - I discovered that while I was researching a recipe for (sweet) cookies as a dessert for a Chinese buffet at my house - the recipe I found has become my alltime favorite cookie recipe, so I am sure that your version turned out just wonderful!

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  18. I wish I had used sesame seeds instead! I didn't love the seaweed, but I do absolutely love Wheat Thins. I may have to try those sometime soon...

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