by Iona Berry
This crunchy, indulgent sesame toast is the ultimate vegan party food. The flavours really come through and contrast with the crisp and nutty sesame seeds.
I tried this recipe in a few different ways including baking or frying in minimum oil, and although it did work and produced nice sesame toasts, it didn’t replicate the famous ‘prawn toast’ that I was trying to emulate. So although this isn’t the healthiest dish to make, it is perfect for a party treat and everyone will be surprised that these are plant based. You can make these in advance and before frying you could freeze them and they would last up to 3 months (and cook straight from frozen).
150g firm tofu
30g, spring onions (roughly 2)
1/2 tsp ginger
1 tsp garlic
1- 2 tbsp soya sauce
½ tsp brown sugar (any sugar will work though)
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp cornflour
Pinch of freshly cracked black pepper
6 - 8 slices white bread
50g white sesame seeds
Neutral oil for shallow frying
Sweet chilli sauce/teriyaki sauce
Sliced spring onions
Finely chop the garlic, ginger and spring onions until they are close to a paste consistency.
In a food processor, add the tofu and blitz until it resembles breadcrumbs.
Then add the paste, soya sauce, cornflour, pepper and sugar to the food processor.
Blitz again for a couple of minutes until everything is well combined and you have a thick smooth paste.
Take your slices of white bread and cut off the crusts, trying to do this as neatly and evenly as you can. Any leftover crusts should be saved and used as breadcrumbs in other dishes.
Lay out the pieces of bread and begin to top them with the paste (roughly a tbsp on each).
Once you have put the paste on all of the pieces, you can begin to spread the paste out so that it covers the whole slice (only one side of each piece of bread).
On a plate, lay out the sesame seeds and then one by one with the bread, dip them onto the seeds and press down firmly. Do this with all of the pieces.
Heat a couple of inches of oil in a medium sized frying pan until hot (you can check by putting in a piece of crust to see if it sizzles when it hits the pan).
Carefully lay your first piece of sesame toast in the pan with the plain side down into the oil. Fry for a couple of minutes until golden brown and crisp, then carefully flip the bread and cook the sesame side for a further few minutes.
Once each piece is cooked, place on to a clean tea towel or kitchen paper to remove the excess oil. Continue until you have finished all of the pieces and cut the pieces in half diagonally.
Serve piping hot with the sliced spring onions and sauce of your choice.
by Iona Berry
Iona is our Development Chef, aka our go-to girl for developing, testing and tasting delicious dishes for you to all enjoy at home. When she’s not in the kitchen, you’ll find her either running or cycling, or trying out food markets and new restaurants around London. Continuous market research it would seem.