After our visit to Norman Lindsay’s house we set off across the Blue Mountains in our Honda Jazz on the first leg of our road trip. Whilst travelling through the countryside we enjoyed some sesame seed biscuits mum had packed for our long journey ahead. Our evening was to be spent on a farm near the village of Mandurama not far from Blayney.
What an experience! Our accommodation with the cute name of “Thummy Jack’s”, was a rough built cabin on top of a hill which looked over the spectacular countryside of the Western Slopes. The trip up the hill was hair raising to say the least and at one stage I did not think our little car would make it.
After settling in we sat down to a sizzling steak and a nice glass of shiraz while gazing at a sky which was a patchwork of stars so clear you felt you could reach out and touch them. We slept beside a wonderful log fire and dreamed of new adventures that awaited us in the days ahead.
- 250g unsalted butter, roughly chopped
- ¾ castor sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla essence
- 1 egg
- 4 ½ cups self-raising flour
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tbsp. milk
- 1 cup white sesame seeds
- 1. Preheat oven to 180°C and line three trays with baking paper.
- 2. In a large bowl mix the butter, sugar and vanilla together until light and creamy.
- 3. Add the egg and mix well.
- 4. Fold in the flour then add the chocolate chips and walnuts. Mix well.
- 5. Scoop one tbsp. of mixture onto a lightly floured surface and roll it into a strip approximately 3 inches long. Gather both ends and press mixture together to form a circle with a hollow centre.
- 6. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden. Place biscuits onto a wire rack and allow them to completely cool before coating in sesame seeds.
- 7. To make the egg wash whisk together the egg yolk and milk until well combined. (It will form a paste) Place the sesame seeds in a bowl.
- 8. Using a pastry brush glaze the biscuits with the egg wash until biscuits are coated on both sides. Toss the biscuits in the sesame seeds. Enjoy!
- These biscuits will keep for up to 2 weeks stored in an air-tight container.
- Substitute the chocolates and walnuts for a flavour of your choice such as dates, pistachios etc.