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…

Tcharek M’saker, Algerian Gazelle Horns

Yesterday was the first day of Eid celebrations for muslims around the world, marking the end of the month of Ramadan. During Eid, we prepare some sweets that we share with our families, friends and neighbors. We also buy new clothes for children and give them money, whilst women put henna on their hands. This year,…

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…

Mchewek

Mchewek are an old Algerian pastry, similar to the French Petits Fours served with coffee or tea. These delicious and pleasant delicatessen are made with almond paste, then rolled into almond flakes. Simple to make and extremely delicate “en bouche”. Mchewek in Arabic means thorny! Ingredients: 300g of almond powder 100g of caster sugar 1/2 spoon…

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…

L’ham Lahlou

L’ham Lahlou is a sweet dish from Algeria. Usually in Algerian cuisine we don’t cook sweet meat. However in this dish, the lamb is cooked in a syrup enriched by cinnamon and orange blossom water and complemented by fruits like dried prunes, dried apricots, apples and pears. In Algerian culture, this dish is served on…

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…

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…

Bombolini, Italian Beignet

I’m back from London, where I spent a lovely and amazing trip and where I had the pleasure of meeting up with my friend from the blogosphere Elaine, from Foodbod. It was great fun to meet, a rainy day (London weather of course). We chatted and shared tips (on what to visit, eat and where to go)….