What is the easiest way to prepare the Moroccan Biscuit Fekkas ?
Moroccan cuisine has been influenced over time by several cultures : Berber and AMAZIGH CULTURE , Jewish culture , Arabe and Andalusian culture , Ottoman and Middle Eastern culture . This is due to the fact that Morocco is an open county to other cultures and welcomes and embrace differences of others as well . We can perceive and catch sight of history in various dishes , in Morocco we don’t only have Moroccan dishes but a variety from many countries . But this did not prevent this beautiful country from creating its own specialties and having its own identity and adding a Moroccan own touch. Among the main dishes of Morocco , we have chebakia, harira, gazelle horns, Makrout, Pastilla and many other yummy dishes .
If you are looking for an authentic Moroccan sweet, delicious, fragrant and easy to make, you are probably looking for Fekkas , which are the subject of this article .
Al – Faqas is a Moroccan dessert , its ingredients are simple and accessible to the majority , which has made it popular in Morocco , and it is a dessert characterized by its unique shape and texture .
Al – fekkasis a one hundred percent Moroccan dessert . I can be served on many occasions such as baptisms, wedding parties as well as family gatherings . fekkas can also be made in religious holidays, such as Eid al – Fitr and Eid al adha , accompanied by other popular Moroccan dishes such as gazelle horns , baghrir, gheriba… You can also notice it at the table on normal days , usually served in the evening , accompanied by the moroccan mint tea , which adds a special flavor and easily melts it in your mouth while you spend a pleasant family evening watching a Moroccan movie or simply chatting.
What makes this Moroccan dessert even more delicious is that it is cooked in the popular traditional huge oven , this oven that you will find everywhere while having a walk in the old alleys and old medina streets , and you may know , discover , guess that there is a traditional oven in the alley where you walk before you even see it , simply by the smell of wood that you will distinguish from afar .
The texture of this Moroccan biscuit is a little special . It is similar to a cookie , a little dry and crunchy . There’s a whole variety , such as fekkas with almonds , fekkas with dried fruits , and sometimes fekkas with spices , fekkas with herbs etc. But the one that are salty , are not really known . They are rarely consumed .
The 3 main and principale ingredients of this moroccan biscuit are :
Now , here’s the best way to make this delicious biscuit :
List of ingredients you will need:
- 1 cup of unpeeled almonds– cut into large pieces.
- 1/4 Raisin Cup .
- Cup of salt .
- Half a teaspoon of yeast candies for cakes .
- 3 eggs.
- 1 cup of table oil.
- Half a kilo of flour .
- 1 glass of sugar .
- Fast melting coffee (soluble coffee, for gilding).
- A little bit of milk .
- 1 glass of rose water.
- 1 egg yolk .
- Half a teaspoon of vanilla sugar .
Now let’s move on to the preparation method :
- Put the chopped almonds and raisins in flowering water for 2 hours, then drain and set aside .
2- In a large bowl , add two eggs , a pinch of salt , sugar, oil , vanilla sugar and then mix everything well, using your hand or with the help of a manual whip .
3- Add the almonds and raisins (according to your taste, these dried fruits are optional) and stir the mixture well then add yeast and 250 g of flour (half the amount of the bag) and mix the ingredients until they are homogenous and then form a ball of firm paste.
4- Gradually add the flour that you have left until you get a solid and not wet dough, a dough that no longer sticks.
5- Form several small balls – it is better if they are all the same size – .
6- On a plate or an oily tray , covered with butter paper, put the balls you have prepared.
7- In another bowl, mix the fast – melting coffee (soluble coffee, for gilding), add a little milk and an egg yolk, then paint the top surface only with a brush using this mixture – it will allow it to have a beautiful golden color when cooked).
8- Set the oven to a 180 degrees temperature and bake your fekkas until it is well cooked. Leave your biscuits for 15 minutes .
9- Remove the plate from the oven, let it cool slightly and then cut them into strips , about 0.4 cm thick (cut out the biscuit as in the photo above).
10 – Put it back again in the oven, keeping the same temperature until each piece on both sides is gilded.
11- When you take it out of the oven, let it cool and then stock it in an airtight box, protected from moisture for a few weeks. It is best to consume it as long as it is fresh .
And there you go, bon appétit.
The fekkas, as you could see is very easy to prepare . You just need to prepare your ingredients and follow the recipe carefully . It is both healthy and yummy . You can eat it with different things ; mint tea, orange blossom infusion , juice etc.
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