3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons honey
3/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
Place racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat to 350°F. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, sugar, and honey in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in tahini, then add dry ingredients in 2 batches, beating after each addition until fully combined. Dough will be slightly sticky.
Place sesame seeds in a small bowl. Scoop out heaping tablespoons of dough (about 1 oz.) and roll into balls. Dip tops of balls in sesame seeds, pressing to adhere, and place, sesame side up, on 2 parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing about 2″ apart. Bake cookies, rotating baking sheets halfway through, until golden brown, 13–15 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets (cookies will firm as they cool).
Place the first seven ingredients in bread machine in order suggested by your manufacturer. Select dough cycle.
Turn finished dough out onto a lightly floured board and knead 5 to 10 times. Separate into 2 or 3 pieces. Roll with hands into strips. Braid or twist strips together. Place onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Set aside to rise in a warm place until doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Whisk together 1 egg white and the water. Brush onto the top of the loaf.
Bake in the preheated oven until deep golden brown, about 20 minutes.
1 tablespoon orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier)
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
6 drops of Pernod (anise liqueur)
1 dash of Angostura Bitters
For the drinker who’s skeptical about tiki libations, the Test Pilot is the perfect introduction. Along with Don the Beachcomber’s traditional rum base, angostura bitters and Falernum Syrup add a spicy kick to each sip