Cranberry Honey Sachima

蔓越莓萨琪玛màn yuè méi sà qí mǎ


1 1/2 cups (180 grams) flour

2 eggs

2 egg yolks

2/3 tsp baking powder

2-4 cups + 1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

1/3 cup (67 grams) sugar

1/3 cup water

4 tbsp honey

4 tbsp black sesame seeds

1/4 cup dried cranberries

(optional) 1/4 cup candied orange peels

8x8 cake pan

Prep Dough and Sesame Seeds

  1. Preheat oven to 285° F.

  2. Add flour, baking powder, 1 tbsp olive oil, and salt to a bowl. Mix well.

  3. Add in 2 eggs and 2 egg yolks and mix well.

  4. Once mixed, knead gently to make a soft dough.

  5. Cover the bowl and let the dough sit for 30 minutes.

  6. While the dough sits, spread sesame seeds on a baking sheet.

  7. Bake the sesame seeds for 15 minutes, then let cool.

  8. Once it's been 30 minutes, knead the dough again for 2-3 minutes. Cover, and let sit for another 30 minutes.

Roll the Dough into Noodles

  1. After 30 minutes, sprinkle some flour on a cutting board.

  2. Knead the dough on the cutting board for 2-3 minutes.

  3. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a flat circle.

  4. Cut the dough in half.

  5. Put one half aside, and roll the other half so that it covers the full cutting board. Then cut in half lengthwise.

  6. Put one half on top of the other, and then cut in half again.

  7. Layer one half on top of the other.

  8. Fold the layers in half lengthwise.

  9. Cut the folded dough into strips.

  10. Gently shake the noodles loose.

  11. Repeat steps 5-10 with the other half of the dough.

Fry the Noodles

  1. Get a large bowl for the fried noodles.

  2. In a pot, add olive oil so that there's about 2 inches of oil.

  3. Cover the pot, and heat over medium-high.

  4. Every 2 minutes, use a wooden utensil to check if the oil is ready. You'll know it's ready when little bubbles form around the utensil.

  5. When the oil is ready, turn the heat down to medium.

  6. Add 1/4 of the noodles to the oil and fry for 1-2 minutes. Using a strainer, you can stir them around and if they feel firm, they're ready. Or if you prefer to go by color, once they're a light, cream color, they're ready.

  7. Use the strainer to scoop out the noodles into your bowl.

  8. Repeat steps 6-7 until all the noodles are fried.

Put Sachima Together

  1. In a small pot, add 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup (50 g) sugar.

  2. Heat the pot over medium heat and stir until the sugar is fully dissolved.

  3. Add the 3 tbsp honey and stir for another 5-10 minutes until the syrup thickens.

  4. At the 5 minutes mark, use a spoon to scoop out a little bit of the syrup into a bowl of cold water. Grab the syrup with your fingers and if it's sticky, they the syrup is ready. If not, give it another 2 minutes and try again.

  5. When the syrup is ready, pour about 3/4 it into your bowl of noodles and use a spatula or spoon to flip/mix quickly to ensure all the noodles are covered.

  6. Spread the baked sesame seeds to cover the bottom of an 8x8 cake pan. Save ~2 tbsp for the end.

  7. Transfer the noodles into the baking sheet evenly.

  8. Put a piece of aluminum foil on top of the noodles and then press hard and evenly to flatten the noodles.

  9. Take the foil off, and if you can easily pull a noodle out, drizzle the rest of the sugar-honey syrup over the sachima.

  10. Sprinkle dried cranberries (or any other fruit you like!), candied orange peels (if you want), and remaining sesame seeds.

  11. Cover again with aluminum foil and press down to flatten the cake.

  12. Remove foil and let sit for 40-60 minutes.

  13. Cut into rectangles and serve! Sachima goes great with coffee and red or green tea ☕️.