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Benne Brittle

Photo: Jim Franco; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Prep time 23 mins
Other Time time 20 mins
Yield Makes about 1 lb.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups benne (sesame) seeds
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

How to Make It

  1. Cook benne seeds in a large heavy skillet over medium heat, stirring often, 8 minutes or until seeds begin to turn brown. Remove from skillet.

  2. Cook sugar and 2 Tbsp. water in skillet over low heat, stirring constantly, 10 minutes or until sugar is melted. Quickly stir in benne seeds and vanilla. Pour onto a well-buttered baking sheet. Quickly spread to 1/8-inch thickness, using a metal spatula. Cool completely (20 minutes). Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.

Adapted from Charleston Receipts