Like the French, I really enjoy a goûter in the late afternoon. Even though I eat my supper very early, sometimes 3 or 4 o'clock, I still feel the tick of hunger. I heard the most popular snack for goûter is baguette and chocolate or Nutella or sometimes cake or cookies. Anyway it's a little something to cure your temporary itch but won't spoil your dinner. Those Ferrero Rocher candies are also a good candidate. But the store-bought ones aren't something I can afford frequently. T_T
So I decided to make my own—an "Asian country-style version of Ferrero Rocher," inspired by a cookbook on loan from a friend, who got it from a yoga resort in Thailand. Ultimately, it's a red-bean peanut ball. It's a country version because instead of using gourmet hazelnut, it uses peanuts, which can be easily bought in China. ^_^
1/2 cup home-made peanut butter (花生酱 huāshēngjiàng)
200g red bean paste (红豆沙 hóngdòushā)
30g sesame seeds (芝麻 zhīma)
30 to 50 g coconut flake (椰粉yē fěn)
1. Mix all ingredients together.
2. Roll into small balls, about the size of ping pong balls.
3. Lightly roll again in the coconut flakes.
Note: If you don't have homemade peanut butter you can use store-bought varieties, though because they tend to be thinner, you have to reduce the amount. Depending on the brand, the consistency of red-bean paste varies as well, so adjust accordingly. If the balls don't hold shape, add more coconut flakes.
Sichuanese native and Chengdu resident Annie blogs about her adventures in cooking vegetarian meals, adapting recipes from around the world. Recently she has translated some of her favorite posts into English for GoChengdoo readers to enjoy. The original, Chinese-language version of this post can be viewed here. Photo by Annie Chen.
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