[Sca-cooks] Hais question

David Friedman ddfr at daviddfriedman.com
Mon Oct 19 23:56:48 PDT 2009

>The redaction specified 8 T of butter or Sesame Oil. Since I had a 
>bottle of unopened Sesame Oil, that is what I used. I tried adding 
>another tablespoon to about 1/3 of the batch and that didn't seem to 
>make much of a difference, so I added 1 tablespoon of unsalted 
>butter (because that was what I had) and that seemed to work much 
>better. So, I added another tablespoon of butter to the last third. 
>After I had made the first third into balls, I realized I'd not 
>added the sugar, so I rolled these in sugar and added sugar to the 
>rest of the mix.

The sugar is for rolling in at the end. If you added it to the mix 
instead, that would, I think, make it drier.

>But that seemed to make it too dry to hold together and I added 
>another tablespoon of butter.  I got everything molded into balls, 
>but I think I didn't get the butter/oil mixed in well enough because 
>there was more oil as I got to the bottom of the mixing bowl. In the 
>end, it looks like I could have used less butter/oil if I'd gotten 
>it mixed in better.
>I initially tried to grind up the ground nuts, bread crumbs and date 
>pieces without adding the oil. All that seemed to do was spin around 
>the bread crumbs and the date pieces without grinding anything up. 
>:-)  Once I started adding in the oil, things started getting ground 
>up and not just whizzing around in circles.

That suggests that the dates were too hard and dry, which  makes it 
harder to chop them.


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