It’s time for another Holiday Recipe Club! Today is our first post focused on an international holiday and that holiday is Buddha’s birthday.
My friend Keely over at Gormandize with A-dizzle and K-bobo was kind enough to help me come up with the international holidays and ingredients. I was happy she was able to help me with this challenge because as much as I don’t like to admit it, I am totally clueless about international holidays (hopefully that will change soon!)
She suggested that for Buddha’s birthday we use garam masala, tofu or sesame. All of those ingredients sounded pretty wonderful to me so we went ahead and told the rest of the club what was up.
These ingredients are a little bit more challenging than usual, but I couldn’t wait to see how creative the rest of the club would get with a new holiday.
I decided to go with sesame paste, aka tahini. I had been thinking a garam masala yeast bread would be divine but between a failed hard drive and upcoming finals I worked with what I had.
These shortbread cookies are super quick and easy. I even was able to make them before class on Friday!
The tahini adds a wonderfully nutty, almost peanut buttery, flavor to the shortbread as well as making them extra flakey.
If you have been wanting to use tahini for something more than noodles now is your chance!