No-Bake Black Sesame and Honey Puddings

These easy no-bake black-sesame puddings make an easy dessert for a crowd. [Photographs: Shao Z.]

This no-bake dessert flavored with black sesame seeds and honey is a perfect, elegant warm-weather dessert. Its texture is similar to panna cotta, except that it's slightly less jiggly and a little bit more creamy. Grinding the black sesame seeds in a mortar and pestle will result in a pudding with a little bit more texture, while a spice grinder will give you the finest grind. A small food processor, meanwhile, will give you results that are in-between the other two (or you can skip this step and buy them pre-ground). Choose the method based on the final texture you want, and the equipment you have at your disposal.

Why this recipe works:

  • By providing three different methods for grinding the sesame seeds, you can choose the one that works for you based on the final texture you want and/or the equipment you have available.
  • A mixture of whole milk and cream produces extra-creamy, yet still light, puddings.

Note: If you choose to go the pre-ground sesame paste route, it can be found in jars and squeezable tubes at Japanese supermarkets.

No-Bake Black Sesame and Honey Puddings

About This Recipe

Yield:serves 6
Active time:20 minutes
Total time:3 hours
Special equipment:mortar and pestle, spice grinder, or a small food processor
This recipe appears in: The Magic of No-Bake Desserts: Black Sesame and Honey Puddings


  • 1/4 cup toasted black sesame seeds or 3 tablespoons of black sesame seed paste (see note above)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons powdered gelatin
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream


  1. 1

    If using a mortar and pestle or spice grinder, crush or pulse whole toasted sesame seeds until pulverized; the mortar and pestle will create a more coarse final texture and the spice grinder will create a finer one. If using a small food processor, pulse whole toasted seeds with 1/3 cup honey until finely ground, about 5 minutes. Alternatively, if using pre-ground black sesame seeds, proceed to Step 2.

  2. 2

    Add milk to a medium saucepan and sprinkle powdered gelatin evenly on top. Let stand for 5 minutes.

  3. 3

    Warm milk over low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin dissolves.

  4. 4

    Stir in crushed black sesame seeds and honey (if you used the small food processor, the seeds and honey will already be combined).

  5. 5

    Remove from heat and whisk in heavy cream.

  6. 6

    Divide pudding base into 6 ramekins or dessert glasses. Cover glasses with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set, at least 2 hours or overnight.


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