Wednesday, July 9, 2014

649. Algerian Kaak

I am happy to say I am a member of the MENA Cooking Club.

Anyone can be a part of this club, whether you have a blog or not. We choose to host or just cook together, learning about each others countries through food.
This month's choice of MENA countries was Algeria (hosted by Asmaa from Halal Home Cooking), and I made Algerian Kaak.
Kaak is a dry cookie-like biscuit, barely sweetened, and perfect for dunking in a karak so other sweetened tea. The fennel seeds and lemon zest make this an incredibly fragrant pastry to have wafting from your oven.
I adapted the recipe from La Petite Paniere.
Thank you Noor, the admirable author behind Ya Salam Cooking for coordinating the cooking club.


3 cups flour
2 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
1 Tbsp instant yeast
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 Tbsp fennel seeds
Zest of 1 lemon
3/4 cup warm milk
Sesame seeds
1 egg yolk


Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk.
In a bowl, stir the flour, baking powder and the sugar.
Add the eggs, oil, and yeast-milk mix and knead.
Add the lemon zest the fennel seeds and knead for a good 5 minutes until you are left with a dough that holds together when pressed.
Roll your dough into a long log and cut into about 12 (I got 13).
Roll each piece into a 15 cm rope, then join the edges to make a ring-shaped cookie.
Place on a baking sheet and leave to rise for 1 hour covered in plastic.
Brush the rings with an egg yolk and sprinkle with some sesame seeds.
Preheat the oven to 350F and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from the oven and allow to cook for 15 minutes before consuming.

 صحة و عافية


Noor said...

Oh mashAllah they turned out perfect. I love them so much don't you? I cannot wait to have some with coffee after iftar inshAllah. Please add the linky code at the bottom of your post so everyone else can see yours.

Aiza said...

I particularly love the last image of your post though I cannot deny all of the images are amazing. Great job.

Umm Hamza Harley said...

As-Salaamu Alaykum Maryam,

Beautiful Allah baraka feeki i especially like your step by step photos.

Maryam Mohammed said...

Thanks Noor! They were fantastic with some coffee.
I tried posting the code but I can't manage to do so successfully at the end of the post; any tips??

Maryam Mohammed said...

Salam Aiza, thanks. Yours are truly dexterous; you just took them to a whole other level!

Maryam Mohammed said...

Wa alaikum al Salam Umm Hamza,
Wa Allah ybarik feeki; thanks for your kind words.

Amira said...

This is by far one of the most easiest and most delicious cookies I've ever made. I've chosen to make the same but with a little bit different recipe. I'm glad we are in this together.

Maryam Mohammed said...

Me too!

madiha Shafi said...

Nice and delicious looking cookies!!!

Maryam Mohammed said...

Thanks, Madiha!

Sadaf F K. said...

MashaAllah, you've baked them beautifully. Looks perfect! :)

Maryam Mohammed said...

Thank you Sadaf, yours are adorable I loved how they turned out!

Wasen Alsammere said...

Eid Mubarak! I just made these instead of traditional klecha. Fingers Crossed!

Maryam Mohammed said...

Eid mubarak! May it return to you every year filled with blessings insha Allah.
I'm sure you did great and they will love it. Afiat!