Eid Mubarak & Makrout

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As-Salaamu Alaykum & Eid Mubarak to all my muslim readers Eid al fitr is a day that comes directly after the month of Ramadan (the month of fasting) where Muslims all over the world celebrate, perform a special prayer, give gifts (especially to children) and……. EAT during the day alhamdulillah It’s traditional in most families … Read more

ALGERIAN MAKROUT WITH DATES (EGG FREE)

Makrout with Dates – a north African cookie made from semolina, filled with dates, traditionally fried (you can bake them if you prefer) till golden then soaked in honey. This sweet is popular to serve on special occasions such as Ramadan and Eid but can be enjoyed all year round Orange blossom water used throughout the making … Read more

Makrout El Louz – Almond Diamond Cookies

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Makrout El Louz – Algerian almond cookies coated in icing sugar. Ramadan and Eid just wouldn’t be the same in my Anglo-Algerian home without Makrout. Whether fried or baked, with date paste or almonds, I love them all. For this recipe, head on over to Huma’s blog Gheza E Shirin.

Makrout El Louz

Makrout El Louz

Makrout El Louz – North African Algerian almond cookies. Ramadan and Eid just wouldn’t be the same in my Anglo-Algerian home without Makrout. Whether fried or baked, with date paste or almonds, I love them all. For this recipe, head on over to Huma’s blog Gheza E Shirin.

Baked Makrout / Makroudh au four

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Baked Makrout are diamond shape semolina pastries, filled with date paste and perfumed throughout with orange blossom water. Don’t like to fry? we are taking the slightly healthier route of baking…before soaking in honey syrup! Makrout a.k.a Makroudh or Makroud, are found in Algerian, Libyan, Moroccan and Tunisian cuisine. The name Makrout comes from the characteristic diamond shape of the pastries. Baked Makrout … Read more

Makrout (stuffed with date paste )

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Makrout stuffed with date paste –  North African diamond-shaped fried (you can bake them if you prefer) semolina cookies filled with date paste and soaked in honey. This sweet is popular to serve on special occasions such as Ramadan and Eid but can be enjoyed all year round too. Orange blossom and rose water give these cookies a wonderful aroma … Read more

Rolled Makrout

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I’m delighted to be back a third year at Lubna Karim’s blog Yummy Food as part of her Ramadan event – Joy from Fasting to Feasting.  This year I’m bringing these delicious North African cookies Makrout / Makroudh. Better known in their diamond-shaped form, Rolled Makrout otherwise known as Makrout Roulé have the same superior taste as the original and are a little … Read more

Black Seed, Date & Honey Flapjacks/Oat Bars

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Bittersweet flapjacks/oat bars – ideal for a healthier breakfast or snack. I spent my weekend baking with date paste i had leftover from Makrout making for Eid al adha. First I made my very first maamoul pastries / cookies and without the use of a mold! The indents i had made using a fork didn’t quite match up to the imprint of … Read more

Recipes Chorba Aadess – Green Lentils Soup Chorba Aadess a hearty green lentils soup. Packed full of veggies and optional Recipes Aadess – Algerian Green Lentil Vegetable Soup I’ve shared an Aadess recipe before, made with meat. Today’s healthy vegan soup recipe Recipes Algerian Berkoukes Soup Algerian berkoukes soup; a rich north african spiced, tomato based soup with … Read more

Cardamom & Rose Ka’ak

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Cardamom & Rose Ka’ak ~ aromatic yeast leavened cookies. These cookies were a surprisingly wonderful addition to our EID Al Adha table last week along with the regular Makrout. I made the cookies the day before Eid, adapting Linda’s Algerian Ka’ak recipe which uses the traditional flavours of fennel and anise seeds. I chose the middle eastern and desi … Read more

Italian Sesame Seed Biscuits / Biscotti di Regina

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Italian Sesame Seed Biscuits or Biscotti di Regina biscuits of the Queen are not-too-sweet, salty, nutty, crisp and crunchy. Great with or dunked in a good mug of coffee. That’s if you don’t mind the odd sesame seed and crumb or two in your mug. How many of you are screwing your face up at that idea?! I have no idea … Read more

Mbesses – Algerian Semolina Shortbread

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Our new family favourite treat to eat in the morning or afternoon with coffee/hot chocolate. The temperatures in Algeria are starting to cool down and with that there is rain. It’s not an “everyday” occurrence here, as in my home country of England. When it does happen, it is usually briefer and more intense i.e. … Read more

Fried Mbesses / Mtekba – Algerian Semolina Sweet

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Fried Mbesses an Algerian semolina sweet. Similar to Makrout being fried and coated in honey/syrup. It differs by having no date paste or nut filling, therefore cheaper and easier to make. A lovely treat being rich, tender and sweet. As promised I’m sharing my recipe for Fried Mbesses. Since my children and I already love the metal … Read more

Moroccan Orzo Soup

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As the month of Ramadan approaches and the weather gets warmer what do we make? we make soup, Moroccan Orzo Soup. Warm weather doesn’t exactly make you think of eating soup but you see my family and I eat soup during most Ramadan nights after breaking our fasts, the weather is cooler and soup is a great way to … Read more

Bradj – Algerian date filled semolina galette

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Bradj also known as Kesra Mbardja, are pieces of rich semolina galette stuffed with fragrant spiced date paste Bradj also known as Mbardja, are pieces of rich semolina galette stuffed with fragrant spiced date paste. Are they cookies, cakes, flatbreads or pastries? The quick answer to that is, a bit of all four! Algerian Bradj – diamonds … Read more

Beginner’s Maghrebi Mint Tea

  Latay A few months back I posted this photo in my Instagram story. Someone asked me for the recipe, oh oh. I was a little embarrassed as I’d never made it before in my whole 2, now 3 years of being here in Algeria. I admitted to the questioner my tea was shop bought … Read more