A refreshing drink that is freshly made with the warm and nutty flavor from toasted black sesame and a touch of sweetness from condensed milk. Black sesame milk is purely a taste of culinary bliss from Asian culture.
If you’ve ever tried Asian food, you know black sesame has been a part of its food culture. From Korean rice cake (tteokbokki), Japanese savory condiment (furakuke) to Chinese rice balls (tang yuan), black sesame has been used to give a unique nutty flavor to the food. These black seedy beauties are gaining more popularity among the world and besides food, today we are seeing them in a drink: Black sesame milk.
BLACK SESAME MILK THAT YOU WILL LOVE
If you love nutty milk, you will love this black sesame milk.
There are plenty of dairy-free, vegan-free milk out there; however, if you want to try something new, with a unique nutty flavor from slightly fragrant toasted seeds, this black sesame is for you. It’s naturally rich in iron, calcium, and magnesium (You can read more about the health benefits of black sesame here). Plus, it’s easy to make with 4 ingredients and can be made ahead of time.
HOW TO MAKE BLACK SESAME MILK
To make black sesame milk, you will need to go through 4 steps: toasting black sesame seeds, blend with water, strain the mixture and mix with your milk of choice.
Toast the seeds
You’ll start by toasting the sesame seeds for 5-7 minutes either on the stovetop on medium-low heat or 8-10 minutes in the oven. This will help bring out their natural nutty flavor and enhance the crunchy texture. If you toast the seeds on the stovetop, you will heat a clean dry pan over medium low heat, then add the sesame seeds and keep stirring with a wooden spoon for 5-6 minutes until the seeds are slightly popping and you can smell the aroma. Be careful as black sesame seeds are harder to see when they are done, otherwise, they will get burnt. Once it’s done, remove from the stove immediately and stir for a minute.
If you choose the oven method, you will preheat the oven to 350ºF (175ºC) and spread the seeds onto parchment paper on baking sheet in an even thin layer. Bake for 3 minutes until they give off the aroma, open the oven door and stir with a wooden spoon so they can toast evenly. Keep stirring occasionally. This process typically takes 8-10 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and stir for a minute.
Blend with water
Once the sesame seeds are cool, add them to a blender with water and blend on a high speed for a few minutes until the mixture is smooth and the seeds are completely blended. Alternatively, you can use other liquids like milk or cream in replace of water. This step is to make sure that we have the nutty flavor from the seeds as much as possible.
Strain the mixture
Use a nut milk bag or cheesecloth to strain the mixture into a medium saucepan. Discard the pulp.
Mix the seed mixture with your milk of choice
The last step is to mix it with milk. Pour your milk of choice into the saucepan with the seed mixture and whisk until combined. Whisk in sweetener as desired (in this case is condensed milk) and adjust the sweetness to taste. Bring the mixture to simmer on medium heat, stirring occasionally then remove from heat.
Serve immediately or store in an airtight container/sealed glass jars in the refrigerator. The milk will be kept within 3-5 days or frozen for up to a month.
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Black Sesame Milk
- 3/4 cup (100g) black sesame seeds
- 1 cup (240ml) filtered water
- 4 cups (960ml) your choice of milk (almond milk, cashew milk, soy milk, or whole milk)
- 1/4 cup (75g) condensed milk, or other sweetener like honey, dates, granulated sugar, adjust to taste
- A pinch of salt
- Toast Sesame Seeds: Toast the sesame seeds for 5-7 minutes on the stovetop on medium-low heat or 8-10 minutes in the oven at 350F/175C until the seeds are slightly popping and you can smell the aroma. Occasionally stir with a wooden spoon while toasting to prevent the seeds from burning. Remove from heat and continue to stir for one minute, then let them cool.
- Blend With Water: Once the sesame seeds are cool, add them to a blender with water and blend on a high speed for a few minutes until the mixture is smooth and the seeds are completely blended. If you use dates as a sweetener, you can blend together with the seeds at this step.
- Strain The Mixture: Use a nut milk bag or cheesecloth to strain the mixture into a medium saucepan. Discard the pulp.
- Mix With Milk: In a medium saucepan, whisk the seed mixture with your milk of choice until combined. Whisk in sweetener as desired (in this case is condensed milk) and adjust the sweetness to taste. On medium heat, bring the mixture to simmer, stirring occasionally then remove from heat.
- Serve immediately hot or with ice. Store the milk in an airtight container or sealed glass jars in a fridge for 3-5 days or keep frozen for up to a month.