Chocolate sesame balls

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Serves: 4 Preparation time: 15 minsCooking time: 10 mins Courses:Dessert
Categories: Chocolate
 
About the recipe
Ooh la la! These are what I call my naughty but nice Chinese-style profiteroles. In this recipe, glutinous rice flour is used to make a snug casing or pieces of dark chocolate moulded into a ball shape. The balls are coated in fragrant sesame seeds then deep-fried. They expand and turn golden brown and the sesame seeds toast in the oil, giving a crunchy outer crust. Meanwhile, the chocolate inside has melted. And if that's not enough my friends, melted chocolate is poured over - the ultimate grand finale! For chocolate lovers, this is a must try recipe. So, forget the traditional Chinese red bean paste filling and hands up for dark chocolate.

Recipe from China Modern by Ching He-Huang (Kyle Cathie, £14.99) Photography by Kate Whitaker
 
Ingredients
250g / 0.55 lb
Glutinous rice flour
65g / 0.14 lb
Soft brown sugar
100ml / 0.42 cup, dissolved the soft brown sugar in a jug
Boiling water
100ml / 0.42 cup
Cold water
100g / 0.22 lb, broken into 24 pieces
Dark chocolate [70% cocoa solids]
80g / 0.17 lb
White sesame seed
650ml / 2.74 cups
Oil for deep frying
To serve
100g / 0.22 lb
Dark chocolate [70% cocoa solids]
Or
Strawberries
Cape gooseberrie
 
How to cook?
  1. Put the rice flour into a bowl and make a well in the centre.
  2. Stir the sugar and water to ensure it has dissolved. Pour it into the flour and add the cold water. Combine to make a dough and knead for 5 minutes into a ball.
  3. Dust your hands with some rice flour and shape the dough into 12 balls roughly the size of golf balls.
  4. Holding a dough ball in one hand, use the thumb of the other and make a hole in the dough to form a cup. Press 2 pieces of chocolate, one on top of the other, into the hole and gather the edges of the dough together to encase the chocolate completely. Do this with all the dough, then roll each of the balls in your hands until perfectly round, then roll them in the sesame seeds.
  5. In a double boiler or heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, break up the second bar of chocolate and stir with a wooden spoon until it starts to melt. Once melted do not stir again but leave it over the hot water until you are ready to serve.
  6. Heat the oil in a deep-fat fryer or wok to 180ºC, or until a tiny piece of the dough browns in 15 seconds. Be particularly careful if deep frying in a wok. Deep fry the sesame seed balls, a few at a time, until the sesame seeds turn golden brown and the balls start to float to the surface, approximately 3-4 minutes.
  7. Once cooked, place the sesame balls on a tray lined with kitchen paper to drain off excess oil while you cook the remainder. Serve warm, with the melted chocolate poured over. If you wish, you can cut open one of the balls on each serving plate and place a strawberry or cape gooseberry in the bed of chocolate.
 
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1by Nicola (2 years ago)
I want to eat some now! Looks very tasty.



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