Toasted Sesame Seeds and Almonds

So the Koliva recipe I have been preparing for requires toasted sesame seeds and almonds, and I had never tried nut or seed roasting before.
From what I read, it's easy to burn them so you have to be diligent in stirring the seeds or nuts frequently.  I referred to a few recipes when toasting the sesame seeds and almonds.

First I spread out a thin layer of sesame seeds on a pan lined with parchment paper.

I put them in the oven for 2 minutes, then stirred them.  I repeated stirring them every few minutes.

 They were golden brown after baking for 11 minutes total, so I removed them from the oven.

I moved the sesame seeds to a bowl after they had cooled down and then spread the almonds out on the pans.

I began toasting them and also stirred them every 2 minutes.  They were ready after 6 minutes in the oven.

Now that wasn't nearly as hard as I had expected.  Since this was for another recipe, I didn't add any seasoning or sugar, but next time I'll have to give it a shot.  Now to finish the Koliva!

Roasted Almonds and Sesame Seeds Recipe


1 pound sesame seeds
1 pound sliced almonds


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spread out sesame seeds on 2 cookie sheets. Bake for 5-10 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes.  Remove from oven when you can smell the sesame scent and the seeds are a light golden brown.  Repeat with almonds; remove from oven when the almonds have slightly darkened from original color.

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