A miraculous metamorphosis takes place when nuts and seeds — such as sesame
or sunflower — are toasted or roasted.
Their rather bland flavour intensifies as the rich oil content browns and
some of their water content evaporates.
Small quantities can be "dry-fried" in a heavy (preferably non-stick)
frying pan, or under the grill. Larger quantities are most evenly toasted
in a thin layer in the oven at gas 7 (425 F, 220 C) for 15-20 minutes,
stirring once or twice.
Afterwards, they can be stored in an airtight tin for future use.
"On the Table" column by Evelyn Rose, UK Jewish Chronicle, September 5, 1997.
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