Almond paste stuffed dates

Almond paste stuffed dates are a very popular sweet treat in Algeria, usually served in small saucers or into a large copper tray. They are made with the famous Algerian dates called Deglet Nour, which grows in abundance in Algeria and especially in Biskra, located in north east of Algeria and famous for its palm grove. They are…

Khobz el Bey

Khobz el Bey, also called Khobz Tounès, is a moist and aromatic Algerian sweet pastry served during Ramadan to accompany tea or coffee. This simple cake is made with ground almonds, ground breadcrumbs, eggs and butter, and is baked in the oven then soaked with a perfumed syrup! This cake is also a part of our…

M’halbi

M’halbi is a fragrant, sweet and refreshing treat. It is popular in both Algeria and in the Middle East. The recipe varies from family to family, and it is usually served for celebrations and during the Holy Ramadan. Ingredients: 1 liter of full fat milk 100g of corn flour or Maïzena 180g caster sugar 2…

Saffron Cream Topped with Salted Caramel Sauce

Do you ever happen to overbuy milk sometimes, and are left with too much with the expiration date fast approaching? This was my mistake this week, and so to use the milk, I decided to make this easy, simple and no bake ‘custard cream’. It’s flavored with saffron, and topped with salted caramel sauce! A…

Orange Blossom Crème Brûlée

There’s nothing better than a fresh, cold dessert when it’s hot and humid outside. Summer has arrived and temperatures are already very high. Crème brûlée is a classic French dessert made with few ingredients; milk, egg yolks and sugar. I flavored mine with orange blossom water. The dessert is creamy, flavorful and crunchy on the…

Pine Nut Tarte

I’m not sure about you, but it’s getting very hot where I live. The summer has nearly arrived here in Dubai, which almost means no more gardening, picnics, or any outdoor activities. This is why we are really enjoying our last few days outside, spending time in our garden with the smell of Frangipani tree, Jasmine flowers and a flavorful…

Orange Cake

Yet another cake! Again and again, but who doesn’t love a generous slice (or two) of cake for breakfast, especially during the weekend with a good hot coffee. I like this cake, it’s simple, tasty, fragrant and zesty! This cake is inspired by two famous French Patissiers; Christophe Felder & Camille Lesecq. The original recipe is…

Pear Cake

I love going to the market and finding something I wasn’t intending on buying. This week, I just couldn’t resist buying these delicious looking Rosemarie Pears. I like the orange/red color,  and the texture of these pears are wonderful. They taste juicy, soft and sweet. Ideal for any dessert, which is why I decided to make…

Rice pudding

Rice Pudding is popular all around the world. Made with rice and milk. Simple, flavorful, cooked on the stove or baked in the oven. Caramel on the top like the Turkish version or caramel into the bottom (my favorite version, especially when you turn over the mold and see the caramel sliding down the sides). I know…

Tropézienne

The Tropézienne is a Brioche cut in half and filled with a Cream au Beurre and flavored with orange blossom water. This dessert whose recipe is still kept a secret has an interesting story; it was created by a Polish pastry chef who opened a Patisserie shop in Saint-Tropez, and the name is said to have been influenced by…