Sesame Seed Biscuits

In Geneva I went to visit Lola (Flore), a woman with a razor sharp memory who was a pillar of the community in Sudan.  As well as being extremely welcoming and accommodating, she gave me the recipe for these delicious sesame biscuits.  Light, crisp and dangerously moreish they are easy to make and well worth trying.  

50 Biscuits

1 egg
110g caster sugar
70g margarine, softened
60g plain flour
½ tsp baking powder
175g sesame seeds


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C

  • Beat the sugar and eggs together until pale and fluffy

  • Beat in the margarine until fully combined with the eggs

  • Sift in the flour and baking powder, then add the sesame seeds and fold into a thick batter

  • Spoon half teaspoons of the batter onto a lined baking tray, leaving at least an inch between each mound

  • Bake for 7-10 minutes until golden brown – the biscuits catch very quickly so be careful

  • Turn off the oven and leave for 5 minutes

  • Remove from the oven and leave to cool down