Sunday, January 4, 2009
I'm not really fond of lollipops. I can't recall when the last time I bought such things. Of course I used to like them when I was eight or nine, but that's as much as I can remember enjoy eating them.
It was just before this past Christmas when I encountered a grown-up lollipop. By that I mean it was more complicated than just a simple sugar candy or with bright colors. One of my colleagues offered me a See's gourmet lollypop and she told me that it was very good. I was familar with the name and knew that they make candies and chocolates, but I always had a feeling that their candies and chocolates were overwhelmingly sweet, which would turn me off. At first, I was hesitant to reach my hand to it, but when I looked around me, almost everybody was eating it and had big smile on their faces. "Thanks," I smiled and took a vanilla flavored one. And it turned out that it was way better than I imagined, keeping me happy for the rest of the day. The gourmet lollypop was like toffee, was very creamy and unlike a typical lollipop---it was rich in flavor.
Today's recipe actually comes from one of my favorite TV programs Diary of A Foodie. I watched this episode about New Zealand approximately a couple of weeks before Christmas. At the end of each show, they introduce a recipe and this time it was Wildflower-Honey Semifreddo with Honey Sesame Wafers. It involves three separate recipes and steps: first is to make semifreddo, second is to make sesame toffee, and the third is to make wafers which uses the sesame toffee.
Since I've already have a post of semifreddo, I decided to just do the latter part. It was fairy simple and I could find all the ingredients at home. First, I made the sesame toffee, which took no time. After it's chilled and hardened, I broke it into small pieces to put on the wafers. But it was so good by itself that I had hard time resisting them. That reminded me of the vanilla lollypop from See's.
This toffee recipe uses heavy cream, so it has creaminess along with the flavor of bittersweet caramelized sugar. And the sesame seeds add interesting texture as well as balances out the sweetness. This is a great companion for afternoon coffee or tea. The recipe is available at their website.