Tahini Swirl Brownies

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Tahini Swirl BrowniesRecipe
Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Here's a recipe inspired by an idea from my good friend and baking colleague Dawn Woodward of Evelyn's Crackers. You start with brownies and then top them with a swirl of sweetened tahini that gives a delightful nutty depth of flavor and richness. Be sure to use untoasted sesame oil in the batter; the dark, toasted kind would be too strong.
Serves 16 (serving size: 1 brownie)


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Cooking spray
1/4 cup untoasted sesame oil
3 tablespoons butter, coarsely chopped
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2/3 cup)
1/4 cup tahini (sesame seed paste), at room temperature
1 tablespoon brown sugar


Hands-on: 15 Minutes
Total: 50 Minutes

1. Place an oven rack in the upper third of oven. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Line an 8-inch square metal baking pan (not dark nonstick) with parchment paper; lightly coat parchment paper with cooking spray.

3. Combine sesame oil, butter, and chocolate in the top of a double boiler. Cook over simmering water until chocolate almost fully melts, stirring gently with a spatula. Remove top of double boiler; stir until chocolate fully melts. Pour chocolate mixture into a large bowl; add granulated sugar, stirring with a whisk until well combined. Add 2 eggs, stirring with a whisk. Stir in vanilla and salt. Fold in flour in two or three batches. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Combine tahini, brown sugar, and remaining 1 egg in a small bowl. Drop spoonfuls of tahini mixture onto brownie batter; swirl with the tip of a knife.

4. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs clinging. Cool in pan on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Created date

January 2014

Nutritional Information

Calories 181
Fat 11.7 g
Satfat 4 g
Monofat 4 g
Polyfat 2.7 g
Protein 2.9 g
Carbohydrate 18.7 g
Fiber 0.8 g
Cholesterol 41 mg
Iron 0.8 mg
Sodium 108 mg
Calcium 13 mg