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Sesame Sticks

These crunchy sesame sticks are a tasty snack that can accompany a scoop of ice cream, a cup of tea, or a bowl of soup. They are baked twice to achieve their crispness. The orange juice in the dough gives them a pleasant citrus flavor.

Sesame Sticks
Sesame Stick ingredients

Ingredients:
4 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 tsp mahlep
1 1/4 cup orange juice
sesame seeds
black seeds (Nigella sativa)

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 375°F. Combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, and mahlep in a mixing bowl. Add the canola oil and orange juice and knead until the dough is formed. Roll out the dough and sprinkle with sesame seeds and black seeds. Press the seeds with a rolling pin onto the dough. Turn the dough over and repeat the sprinkling and rolling process. When the dough has a thickness of about 1/4 inch (1/2 cm), transfer it to a baking sheet, and bake at 375°F for 20 minutes.

Cutting Sesame Sticks   Baking Sesame Sticks

Transfer the baked sheet to a cutting board, and cut the bread into sticks of uniform size. Place the sticks on their side on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 300°. Turn over the sticks and bake for another 10 minutes. Allow the sesame sticks to dry completely in a warm oven.

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