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Spicy Sesame Sticks Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup water

Special Equipment Needed:
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Rolling pin
- Pizza cutter or sharp knife

Step-by-Step Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and sesame seeds.
3. Add the vegetable oil and water to the dry ingredients and mix until a dough forms.
4. On a floured surface, roll out the dough into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick.
5. Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to cut the dough into thin strips about 1/2 inch wide.
6. Place the sesame sticks on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
7. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before serving.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15-20 minutes
350°F (175°C)
Serving size:
Makes about 2 dozen sesame sticks

Nutritional information:
Calories: 70
Fat: 4g
Carbohydrates: 7g
Protein: 1g
Sodium: 100mg

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Whole wheat flour can be used instead of all-purpose flour.
- Olive oil can be used instead of vegetable oil.
- Black sesame seeds can be used instead of white sesame seeds.

- Add 1/4 teaspoon of smoked paprika for a smoky flavor.
- Add 1/4 teaspoon of dried thyme for an herby flavor.
- Add 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese for a cheesy flavor.

Tips and Tricks:
- Make sure to roll out the dough evenly to ensure even baking.
- If the dough is too dry, add a little more water. If it's too wet, add a little more flour.
- Store the sesame sticks in an airtight container to keep them fresh.

Storage Instructions:
Store the sesame sticks in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Reheating Instructions:
To reheat the sesame sticks, place them in a 350°F (175°C) oven for 5-10 minutes or until warmed through.

Presentation Ideas:
Serve the sesame sticks in a bowl or on a platter with other snacks.

Sprinkle with additional sesame seeds or chopped herbs before serving.

- Serve with hummus or other dips.
- Pair with a cold beer or glass of white wine.

Suggested Side Dishes:
- Crudité platter with vegetables and dip.
- Cheese and charcuterie board.

Troubleshooting Advice:
- If the dough is too dry, add a little more water. If it's too wet, add a little more flour.
- If the sesame sticks are not crispy enough, bake them for a few more minutes.

Food Safety Advice:
- Make sure to wash your hands and all surfaces before preparing the dough.
- Store the sesame sticks in an airtight container to prevent contamination.

Food History:
Sesame seeds have been used in cooking for thousands of years, dating back to ancient civilizations in the Middle East and Asia.

Flavor Profiles:
The spicy sesame sticks have a savory, nutty flavor with a kick of heat from the cayenne pepper.

Serving Suggestions:
Serve the spicy sesame sticks as a snack or appetizer at a party or gathering.

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Taste: Spicy, Savory, Sesame, Crunchy