Fekkas

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 . 

Moroccan Fekkas with Almonds and Raisins
Moroccan Fekkas with Almonds and Raisins

Fekkas:

           Al РFaqas 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 :

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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  Рit is better if they are all the same size Р.

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 ‚Äď 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 РPut 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.

          If we ask you to rate this moroccan sweet on a scale of 1 to 20, what mark will you give it?  

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Don\’t forget to share with us photos of your fekkas when you\’ll cook it, take care.¬†