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  1. 2 cups white flour
  2. 1/4 cup sugar
  3. 2 tablespoons butter (softened)
  4. 1/4 cup water
  5. 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  6. 1 egg whisked
  7. 1 1/4  teaspoons baking powder


  1. 1 tablespoon water
  2. 1 egg lightly whisked
  3. 3/4 cup sesame seeds
  4. oil for frying (preferably peanut oil)
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  1. Mix the butter and sugar until thoroughly blended.
  2. Gradually add the whisked egg and water to the butter and sugar mixture. Mix well. Mix the baking powder into the flour in a separate container. Add the flour and baking powder mixture to the butter, sugar, egg and water mixture. Add the sesame seeds (2 teaspoons) and mix thoroughly until the dough is well formed and uniform in consistency.
  3. Roll out the dough into a long cylinder and cut into 20 pieces.
  4. Roll each piece into a ball. Dampen slightly with the whisked egg. Roll each ball in the 3/4 cup of sesame seeds to coat. Put aside.
  5. Optional: You may cut in on one side of the sesame balls a cross incision 1/4 deep with a sharp knife to dictate the cracking of the sesame balls during frying.
  6. Heat sufficient oil in a wok or similar frying pan for deep frying the sesame balls over medium to high heat.
  7. Add one third of the sesame balls at a time and cook for 40-60 secs until the surface cracks, turning occasionally. Raise the heat to high and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes, turning occasionally until the balls turn light golden brown. Remove from the wok and drain on absorbent kitchen paper towels. Allow to cool and serve at room temperature.
  8. Enjoy.
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