Brittany Butter Cookies, Galettes Bretonnes

I have always had a soft spot for anything crispy, crack in the tooth that smells salty and tastes buttery with my tea or coffee. Galettes Bretonnes are French butter cookies from Brittany (located North West of France). They are made with only a few ingredients; sugar, egg, salted butter and flour. They are flat…

Khobz El Koucha, Khobz Eddar

Khobz El Koucha or Khobz Eddar are an Algerian homemade bread baked in the oven and made with only a few ingredients. In addition to fresh yeast and milk (or water), it can be made with just flour (like today), or a mix of flour and durum wheat semolina, or only with durum wheat semolina. We love…

Raspberry Tart, Tarte aux Framboises

  Raspberry Tart made with a fragrant crème patissière, a pâte sablée for the crust and raspberries for a seasonal finish! A sweet and delicious tart. Serves 8/10 Ingredients: (for the crust/pâte sablée) 300g of all purpose flour/plain flour 125g of soft butter 100g of icing sugar Zest of 1 lemon A pinch of salt 2…

Cherry 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 Cherries. They taste juicy and sweet. Ideal for any dessert (ice cream like yesterday) or a simple and sweet cake for today. Nothing extravagant, but something we like to enjoy with a good…

Algerian Mouskotchou Cake

What is Mouskoutchou? Also called Mouskoutchou. Mouskoutchou is the most popular cake in Algeria. If you ask anyone, they immediately know about what you are talking about. This cake is a between a Sponge Cake and and Génoise Cake, and is usually the first sweet treat you learn how to make in Algeria. Very simple to…

Chrik

Chrik are individual small brioche buns from the northeastern Algerian city of  Constantine (also called Kasentina). Chrik are always served during the month of Ramadan to accompany M’halbi, a refreshing creamy custard (see previous post). These milk brioche are fluffy, pillowy and perfumed with orange blossom water. Ingredients: 500g of flour (all purpose flour/plain flour) Zest…

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’hencha

M’hencha are a North African pastry made with a dough called Diouls sheets or Brick sheets, and filled with almond paste. These sheets (diouls/brick) are on sale every where in Algeria (and also in other North African countries), as they are used for savory recipes, and many sweet desserts. This pastry originates from the Ottoman Empire….

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…