RECIPES for Ramadan: 3 gourmet cakes by Siham Merzak, former candidate for best pastry

RECIPES for Ramadan: 3 gourmet cakes by Siham Merzak, former candidate for best pastry

Synonymous with separation and pleasure, breaking the fast is a special family moment in Ramadan. To take full advantage of this, here are three sweet recipes signed by Siham Merzak, the young pharmacy student and talented confectioner discovered in the Le Meilleur Pâtissier program.

The traditional festival of the Muslim religion, which is one of the five pillars of Islam, Ramadan began on April 2 last and will last for 30 days; Eid al-Fitr (the feast of the end of fasting) is set for Monday, May 2, 2022. A lunar calendar which changes every year. During this meditation periodMuslim fast during the day, from sunrise to sunset. This is only when night fallsthey gather to share a meal. Opportunity to prepare delicious sweets of Siham Merzakto enjoy with family or friends.

1. Ghriba recipe: delicious Moroccan biscuits with hazelnuts and almonds

Ingredients

  • 110 g of soft butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 50 g powdered sugar
  • 60 gr hazelnut powder
  • 20 gr ground almonds
  • 150 gr flour
  • For decoration a little almond

Preparation

  1. mix butter gentle for a few minutes, in a food processor or electric mixer, then add powdered sugar and a pinch of salt.
  2. add egg yolk and mix.
  3. Discard almond and hazelnut powders and mix again.
  4. Add the flour, little by little.
  5. Form balls, Flatten them a little and put an almond in the center.
  6. Bake at 180 degrees with rotation for 15 to 20 minutes.

2. Eid cake recipe: some coconut and apricot cakes

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 200 ml neutral oil
  • 175 g sugar
  • 1 bag of vanilla sugar
  • 1 packet of baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 400 gr flour
  • 250 g apricot jam
  • 4 tablespoons water with orange blossom
  • 300 gr to 400 gr minced coconut

Preparation

  1. Mix the eggs with sugar, vanilla sugar and a little salt. Add the oil and mix well.
  2. mix flour AND baking powder and gradually add to the mixture.
  3. Form small balls 3 cm in diameter (they will swell when cooked).
  4. Bake at 180 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Heat the jam and water of the orange blossoms.
  6. Dip the cooked noodles into the mixture orange / apricot flowers then on minced coconut.

3. Chebakia recipe: oriental pastry with honey and sesame

Ingredients

  • 1 kg of flour
  • 140 gr whole mixed almonds
  • 140 g mixed toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground anise
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • saffron
  • 1 teaspoon arabic gum (optional)
  • 1 half packet of baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 100 g of melted butter
  • 150 g of vegetable oil
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 cases with vinegar
  • 250 ml water with orange blossom
  • 100 ml of lukewarm water
  • 1 L oil for blush
  • 1 kg of honey
  • Sesame seeds

Preparation

  1. Dilute the saffron in the water of the orange blossoms.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients.
  3. Add oil, melted butter and vinegar.
  4. Stir then add the egg yolk and knead the dough by gradually adding the orange blossom water mixed with lukewarm water.
  5. Knead the dough until thick and smooth then divide into about 6-8 balls.
  6. Open each meatball with a thickness of about 1 cm and fold in 4 (in order to obtain a rectangle). Flatten it by hand and then store it in a refrigerated bag. Do the same for all the petas.
  7. Then open each rectangle with the needle up to about 1 mm thick.
  8. Draw rectangles (about 7cm x 4cm), using a pastry wheel and draw lines in each rectangle placed about 5-7mm apart.
  9. Fold the rectangles: slide your finger between each slab, join the two ends of the rectangle, and slide this weld between all the slabs.
  10. Cook the chebakya in hot oila few minutes on both sides until golden brown, then dip directly into a pot of warm honey.
  11. Let the pasta soak up the honey then drain them and place them in a colander.
  12. Add the sesame seeds.

A super delicious recipe which requires little work and elbow fatas Siham points out: “At the end of the day it is almost normal to have a tendon in the shoulders.”

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