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Sesame-coated majoun balls (a Maroque recipe)

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ready in 1 hour and 30 mins


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250g (9oz) blanched almonds
125g (4oz) walnuts
250g (9oz) raisins
125g (4oz) clear honey
65g (2oz) butter
5ml (1 tsp) Ras el Hanout
5ml (1 tsp) ground ginger
60-75g (4-5oz) sesame seeds


1. Finely chop the almonds, walnuts and raisins in a food processor or blender until they form a coarse, slightly sticky mixture.

2. Melt the butter in a large heavy pan and stir in the honey, Ras el Hanout and ginger.

3. Add the nuts and raisins and stir over a gentle heat for a few seconds until the mixture is thoroughly combined, firm and sticky.

4. Cool a little, then shape into about 30 balls.

5. Roll the balls in sesame seeds to coat completely.

6. Serve as an after dinner sweet with strong coffee.

Makes about 30 balls

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