Sesame seeds delivered in dinner or dessert dishes are eternally in vogue in Japan. Served au natural or in paste form, a smile is almost guaranteed if I incorporate the nutty tidbits into a sweet or savory treat for my Japanese friends.
So as a thank you to some of my pals in dance class who have kindly invited me to tea ceremonies and into their homes, I set out to make sesame sugar cookies crowned with vanilla cheesecake swirled with sesame paste. And to fulfill Kristen of Harried Antics of a Harried Homemaker's Improv Challenge to food bloggers to create something with flours and hearts for February, I opted to bake mini cheesecakes and cookies in heart shapes.
To my surprise, my American neighbors loved my sesame concoctions. And they are all gone. So, back to the kitchen for another round for my Japanese friends.
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Wishing you fun with flour for and with the dear hearts in your life.
The Ninja Baker
™ Watkinson 2012
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