Sesame Seed Cakes are served at several Chinese holidays, most notable during the Chinese New Year celebration. During this holiday they are though to bring good luck.
makes 2 dozen
1 cup glutinous rice flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
¼ pound vegetable shortening
⅓ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
black or white sesame seeds
Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together; set aside.
Beat vegetable shortening, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until fluffy.
Beat in egg, corn syrup, and vanilla extract.
Add flour and blend thoroughly to form a soft dough.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Roll dough into cherry size balls and roll in sesame seeds.
Heat oil to 325-350F.
Fry balls a few at a time until lightly browned.
Drain on paper towels.
Roy Grendler from Iowa says: Dough was extremely soft when placed in fryer they disappeared after adding more flour they still disappeared.