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Sesame squares

Isa Du Toit Recipes


  1. 140g/5oz butter
  2. 2 x T golden syrup
  3. 225g/8oz Oats
  4. 125g/4oz golden granulated sugar
  5. 50g/2oz sesame seeds
  6. 50g/2oz sultanas


  1. Heat the oven to 180C/350F
  2. Gently melt the butter and golden syrup in a saucepan.
  3. Measure all the dry ingredients into a bowl, mix together.
  4. Stir in the butter and golden syrup.
  5. Press into a greased 9x7in./24x16cm baking tin and bake for 20 minutes. Mark into squares (or bars) while still warm.
  6. Leave to cool in the tin until almost cool, then turn out onto a board.
  7. Cut into squares and leave to cool completely on a cooling rack.


The size of the tin doesn’t matter - just use whatever you have, as long as the mixture
isn’t too deep or too thinly spread. Marking the squares while warm creates
clear lines and makes it easier to cut later; leaving the squares to cool before cutting
completely avoids crumbling them (which can happen if you cut them while still warm.)

Good-for-you ingredients

Sesame seeds are a very good source of calcium; they also provide magnesium,
potassium and zinc; protein and iron vitamins E and B, especially niacin and folic
acid. Sesame seeds are rich in essential fatty acids (EFA’s). Oats contain protein, calcium, and some vitamin E; are a good source of B vitamins, potassium and magnesium. Oats also contain soluble fibre which can reduce cholesterol levels and provide slow-release
energy which can help regulate blood sugar and protect against diabetes.