Tahini Brownie Recipe
This tahini brownie recipe is chocolatey, rich, and very very delicious! It's hard not to eat the whole pan!
I've always loved the classic peanut butter chocolate combo. I think chocolate goes well with just about any seed or nut butter, which is why it pairs so well with tahini (a roasted sesame seed puree).
Tahini is one of my favorite flavors. It's smooth and rich with roasted nut undertones. It has a little bite to it as well, which makes it more exciting than peanut or almond butter and also what makes it pair so well with a subtler chocolate flavor.
Tahini is typically added to hummus, salads, and other savory dishes and is often used in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. I used it in my falafel and bulgur salad recipe. I have to say that it's one of the flavors I miss most from my former life in the Middle East. I've written about my almost 20 years in the Middle East (mostly in Doha, Qatar) here and our move to Evanston here. I went to Arabic language school in Amman, Jordan after college and even though I'd had my fair share of shawarma in Doha during high school I'd never really gotten into falafel until I moved to Jordan. The first apartment I lived in there was called the "foreigner's building" by the locals because you could rent short-term flats in it for one to six months. It was a bit of a dive but it was just off the beautifully named Rainbow Street. It's one of the famous, older areas of Amman and it has lots of great restaurants, bookstores, and antique shops. It also has the best falafel in the world. The best. The falafel is hot, just a little greasy, totally moist and slathered in the best tahini dressing you could ever want. I'm not a natural language learner, so sometimes during the 10-minute breaks between classes, I'd run away for a little break (when I just couldn't sit through another Arabic grammar class) and get a falafel sandwich. Even now, a slightly sour tahini dressing brings back memories of conjugating Arabic verbs and standing outside with a delicious sandwich in the warm sun and feeling like everything was going to be okay.
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