black sesame sundae

black sesame sundae

To ride on the coattails of the kinako and black sesame ice cream mochi, I made this black sesame sundae as a way of using up some remaining ice cream and leftover scraps of mochi.

The concept is black and white – and plenty of black sesame – with black sesame paste in the ice cream, ground black sesame in the crumble, and whole black sesame in the brandy snap.

black sesame sundae processThe brandy snaps are delicious – they taste like buttery caramel that isn’t too sweet, and as the snaps are so thin, the black sesame seeds get a chance to toast while the brandy snaps bake, so the flavour comes out beautifully. It’s like a praline, but with more body and less sweetness.

The black sesame crumble is quite savoury with the ground black sesame and pinch of salt. Chunks of mochi provide chew and white peach, a bit of freshness.

black sesame sundae

black sesame sundae

black sesame sundae

  • black sesame ice cream, recipe here
  • condensed milk
  • leftover scrapes of mochi, cut into chunks
  • black sesame crumble (see recipe below)
  • white peach, cut into chunks
  • unsweetened whipped cream, transferred to a pastry bag fit with a star tip
  • black sesame brandy snap (see recipe below)

Place a scoop of black sesame ice cream in a small glass or cup. Drizzle with a bit of condensed milk, then scatter some chunks of mochi, black sesame crumble and white peach. Top with a second scoop of black sesame ice cream and repeat the layering process with condensed milk, mochi, black sesame crumble and white peach. Pipe whipped cream on top and garnish with a black sesame brandy snap.


black sesame brandy snaps

Makes 10 small brandy snaps. Adapted from BBC Good Food.

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a tray with parchment paper. Melt together 12g butter, 12g brown sugar, and 12g corn syrup. Once melted, combine with 12g flour, a pinch of salt and 1/4 tsp brandy or rum. Add in 6g back sesame seeds. Evenly space six 1/2 tsp dollops on the tray. Bake for around 8 minutes or until golden brown. Remove – if desired, quickly lift up with an offset spatula and drape over a spoon handle to curve or roll. Finish baking a second batch.


black sesame crumble

Makes a good handful of crumble, enough for 2-3 sundaes.

Preheat oven to 350F. Mix together 1 tbsp butter, 1 1/2 tbsp flour, a pinch of salt, 1/2 tbsp sugar and 1 tbsp ground black sesame seeds (6g). Distribute in small clumps on a parchment lined tray. Bake until beginning to turn golden, about 10-12 minutes.

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